OPPOSITION SENATOR Kavan Gayle wants the parliament, in promulgating new legislation to govern the financing of political parties, to bar certain companies from making contribution.
Gayle, in contributing to the debate on the report of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) on campaign finance reform, said companies that fail to pay over statutory deductions should not be allowed to make campaign contributions.
"I don't believe that those companies that fail to observe the laws of the land should be able to donate funding to the formal political process," said Gayle.
The ECJ has suggested that contributions made by permissible donors, including companies, shall be regarded as a tax-deductible expense.
Gayle said while he would not go as far as to say contributors are sometimes seeking favours in return for donations, lawmakers must recognise that many companies seeking to influence the democratic process have been unjustly dealing with the workers of this country.
"Political parties should not accept donations from these institutions, nor should these companies be eligible to contribute to political party financing," Gayle said.
The senator pointed to the National Housing Trust, to which he said more than 39,500 companies should be contributing.
He said only 14,754 companies are in compliance with the requirement of the law to pay over deductions on behalf of the workers.
"Twenty-four of those companies employ security guards ... today they still treat the security guards as contractors, and these employees are being denied the opportunity to access benefits of owning their homes," Gayle said.
He added: "These are the same companies, at a particular point in time, which deliberately contribute to political parties for their campaign."
Meanwhile, Opposition Senator Alexander Williams has cautioned the Parliament not to seek to bar persons from making anonymous donation.
The report of the ECJ requires every political party and every candidate contesting an election to submit a consolidated report detailing all contributions or donations received, and expenditure incurred within the campaign period.
Candidates will be required to declare that they have not received any anonymous contributions.
Williams said people who make small donations have no intention of controlling a candidate.
The ECJ has proposed that any contribution made by a donor must be accompanied by a declaration to the candidate or political party stating the full name, address, occupation or nature of business, and that the donor qualifies to make a donation under the regulations.
The report of the ECJ has been approved by the Senate and will be sent to the Cabinet for consideration and for drafting instructions to be issued.