Bill to govern campaign financing tabled in Parliament
A proposed law to govern the financing of political campaigns has been tabled in the House of Representatives although indications have been given that there will be several amendments.
Leader of government business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, tabled the bill yesterday, fulfilling a commitment that the legislation would be brought to the Lower House before the end of this month.
The Act to Amend the Representation of the People Act originated from a 2013 report by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.
However, unlike the convention to approve ECJ-supported bills without amendments, Paulwell has given notice that the government is not in support of a proposal to have the State fund political campaigns and will propose amendments in the House.
However, the Leader of Opposition Business, Derrick Smith says the approach to amend the legislation was wrong and accused Paulwell of being hasty to meet the October 31 timeline he gave himself.
In response Paulwell said he did not want to delay tabling the bill.
He says the amendment will be dealt with.
The National Integrity Action, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and the Jamaican Bar Association had called for the legislation in light of growing speculation that an early general election may be called.