Election campaign financing – a weak area of monitoring : Gelu
“One of the main things we are working on is the revised organic law that is before parliament - we submitted that in 2014 and we are still waiting on them to pass the law.”
“From IPPACC’s perspective, we understand why they do not want to pass the law because there are certain things in there such as party donations.”
“Under the current organic law, the amount cap of donation is K500’000 – that means anyone can donate that amount to a respective political party’s fundraiser, irrespective of how many donate that amount.”
“But what we have in the submitted revised organic law to parliament, is that each fundraiser will not surpass the amount of K500’000 – essentially meaning that all contributions and donations put together must not exceed K500’000,” Dr. Gelu said.
Dr. Gelu says pre-election and during election, the scrutiny of monetary contributions has been frail.
“When it comes to campaign financing, it’s one of Papua New Guinea’s weakest area that has never been monitored and never been policed and this is where IPPACC and our revised organic law submission are coming from - we are coming down hard on that,” Dr. Gelu said.
With elections a year away, Dr. Gelu has given prior notice to all political parties to conduct their activities diligently and within legal bounds.