The use of dirty money in politics, mainly in electoral campaigns has been an early concern of the Democratic Party and its allies.
In this context, the experts of the united opposition have drafted a complete proposal, in which the basic idea is for the parties to be financed entirely by the state budget.
RTV ORA News owns a copy of the draft, which states that criminalizing private funding is required. The legal requirement by the opposition affects both the Electoral Code and the law on parties.
“Legal interventions ensure that political party and election funding is derived 100% from the state budget in order to avoid private funding from dubious sources. In parallel, the criminalization of private financing is proposed,” states the draft.
The opposition's proposal extends not only to parties, but also to candidates seeking to determine the rules for their audit. The envisaged measures are far reaching, affecting the outcome of any entities that do not declare or have irregularities in their reports on funding.
“The tightening of rules and sanctions regarding non-declaration or inaccurate reporting, including penal sanctions and the possibility of sanctions involving the influence of the election result achieved by the subjects or candidates.
“The unequivocal and consistent application of statutory sanctions, as well as the individual and penal responsibility of party officials and candidates in the context of political financing and the disclosure of sources of funding and expenditure, should be ensured,” the draft continues.
In its proposals, the opposition tasked the Central Election Commission with compiling a list of mandatory reference costs for election materials, infrastructure or activities to measure expenditures for the parties.
The same authority also implements rules to impose strict limits on the total time and number of election campaigns for each party or candidate.
In addition, it is envisaged that the cost of advertising or television time will not be payable directly, but be deducted from television and radio broadcasters by their state obligations.