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Approve ECJ campaign financing report - Munroe

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The National Integrity Action Limited (NIAL) through its executive director, Professor Trevor Munroe is urging Parliament to expeditiously debate and approve the Electoral Commission of Jamaica's report to Parliament on campaign financing.

The debate is scheduled to take place today.

Noting that the report has undergone extensive discussions and consultations with a wide cross section of local stakeholders including Citizens Action for Free and Fair Election, the Presidents' Council of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), and the Press Association of Jamaica, Munroe noted that each of the two parliamentary parties had signed off on the document.

Continuing, Munroe said: "Given the fact that the report has undergone an extensive process of consultations, our parliamentarians are being urged to have a robust and full debate leading to approval within the shortest possible time frame."

The report's specific recommendations

1. Identifies impermissible donors to parties including unregistered financial organisations like OLINT and CASH PLUS.
2. Sets limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.
3. Imposes limits on election expenditure of candidates and of political parties.
4. Requires disclosure of their donors by candidates and political parties to the ECJ.
5. Allows for an element of state funding of campaigns where parties and candidates comply with the law.
6. Sets up a national campaign fund to which persons may contribute, who do not wish to contribute to a particular political party.
7. Establishes a strong monitoring and enforcement mechanism.