Campaign financing has been a hotly debated issue throughout the Caribbean. Paradoxically, many of the “scandals” during electoral campaigns have not been, strictly speaking, illegal since the countries of the region have little or no regulation on political contributions or expenditures. Indeed, the institution of political parties itself lacks a juridical definition. Are parties public institutions or are they private? Should there be requirements regarding their registration and selection of candidates?
The OAS Secretariat for Political Affairs presents the following model legislation, which in general terms, covers party registration, an independent enforcement agency, disclosure requirements and public financing. This draft legislation is meant to serve as a starting point for continued discussion on this important issue and not a “one-size-fits-all” solution.
The OAS Secretariat of Political Affairs invites you to comment.
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