NCOP Seeks Comment on Political Party Funding Bill

Parliament

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) seeks comment on the Political Party Funding Bill.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly and sent to the NCOP for concurrence at the end of March 2018.

It was tabled in parliament in December 2017.

The bill flows from the ad hoc committee on the funding of political parties.

The committee was set up to inquire into and make recommendations on the funding of political parties represented in national and provincial legislatures.

The bill aims to:

•    provide for, and regulate, the public and private funding of political parties, in particular: the establishment and management of Funds to fund represented political parties sufficiently;
•    prohibit certain donations made directly to political parties;
•    regulate disclosure of donations accepted;
•    determine the duties of political parties in respect of funding;
•    provide for powers and duties of the Commission;
•    provide for administrative fines;
•    create offences and penalties;
•    repeal the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act, 1997 and provide for transitional matters; and
•    provide for related matters.

Public hearings in the NCOP are scheduled for 14 and 20 June 2018.

Comment is invited until 8 June 2018.

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