The Financing of Political Parties: (6) The Bill. Expenditure during electoral campaigns

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The Bill revises the amounts which is permissible to spend during an electoral campaign.

Today, in a general election, the permissible expenditure for a candidate is €1,400 irrespective of whether he/she contests one or two electoral districts. The Bill proposes a revision of this amount to €20,000 for each Electoral District contested.  Alternattiva Demokratika considers that this amount is too much on the high side. It is of the opinion that a reasonable amount should be  €4,000.

With respect to the election for the European Parliament the Bill recommends that the current limit of slightly over €18,000 should be revised to €50,000.  Alternattiva Demokratika considers that this amount is too much on the high side. It is of the opinion that a reasonable amount should be  €20,000.

In elections for Local Councils today’s permissible limit for expenditure is €1,400 per candidate. The Bill recommends that this amount should be revised to €5,000 per candidate. Alternattiva Demokratika considers that this amount is too much on the high side. It is of the opinion that a reasonable amount should be between €2,000 and €4,000 depending on the Local Council being contested.

Alternattiva Demokratika considers that it would also be advisable that the expenditure of political parties in an electoral campaign is regulated. This is not addressed in the Bill accept through the publication of audited accounts.  We consider it advisable that the expenditure of political parties in an electoral campaign are regulated in the same manner as is proposed for individual candidates.

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