Promoting transparency in political party financing

Idasa’s Gary Pienaar spoke on the role of civil society in promoting transparency in political party financing in SADC at Transparency International’s launch of a report in Johannesburg on 28 September. He listed broad motives for regulating public finance as:

•        Promote democratic principles of transparency and accountability – Art. 10 of AU Convention; Art. 7 of UNCAC
•        Prevent corruption and unethical conduct
•        Enhance fair political competition between parties
•        Ensure that (poor) voters’ democratic preferences are not overwhelmed by secret moneyed interests
•        Empower voters through disclosure of donations, thereby promoting greater political participation
•        Strengthen parties as effective participants in the democratic arena

See the presentation made here.


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