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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    All donations from legal entities are banned.

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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    19. (1) The source of funds of a political party shall be limited to contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, of persons who are entitled to be registered as voters in Sierra Leone.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    All donations from legal entities banned.

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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    19. (1) The source of funds of a political party shall be limited to contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, of persons who are entitled to be registered as voters in Sierra Leone.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    19. (1) The source of funds of a political party shall be limited to contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, of persons who are entitled to be registered as voters in Sierra Leone.

    20. Deciaration of assets accounts and audit of political parties.

    (1) Every political party shall within such time after the issue to it of a final certificate of registration under section 12 as the Commission may direct in writing submit to the Commission a written declaration giving details of all its assets and expenditure, including all contributions, donations or pledges of contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, made or to be made to the initial assets of the party by its founding members in respect of the first year of its existence.

    (2) A declaration submitted to the Commission under subsection (1) shall state the sources of all funds and other assets of the political party and the particulars of the person or firm appointed by the political party as its auditor.

    (3) An auditor for the purposes of subsection (2) shall be(a) in the case of an individual, a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Sierra Leone, not being a member of the political party; or (b) in the case of a company or firm, under the supervision of a member of the Institute referred to in paragraph (a).

    (4) There shall be submitted by every political party to the Commission within three months after the end of every-year a declaration of its income, assets and liabilities together with its audited accounts.

    (5) The declaration made under subsection (1) and subsection (4) shall be supported by the national treasurer and the national or general secretary of the political party.

    (6) The Commission shall, within thirty days after receipt of the declaration required by subsection (1) or subsection (4), publish it by Government Notice.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment

    Political parties are required to report on the identity of those who have made donations to the party or any of the candidates of the party. Rules for parties should also apply to independent candidates.

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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    All donations from legal entities are banned.

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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    19. (1) The source of funds of a political party shall be limited to contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, of persons who are entitled to be registered as voters in Sierra Leone.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    All donations from legal entities are banned.

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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    19. (1) The source of funds of a political party shall be limited to contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, of persons who are entitled to be registered as voters in Sierra Leone.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeYes
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    154. Prohibitions during election campaigns.

    No candidate or political party shall during the campaign period–

    (a) insult or defame another candidate or political party;

    (b) abuse or engage in the improper use of Government property for political propaganda purposes;

    (c) campaign in public offices or educational institutions during working hours or hours of instruction.

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdf accessed February 2018.

14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment

    Political Parties Registration Commission can create regulations introducing contribution limits.

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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    (2) Regulations made by the Commission may provide for limits on the amount of contribution or donation to a political party and the disclosure of information that may limit the influence of money in the political process.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

15. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
  • CodeNo
  • Comment

    Political Parties Registration Commission can create regulations introducing contribution limits.

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    PART IV-CONDUCT OF POLITICAL PARTIES

    19.Funding of political parties.

    (2) Regulations made by the Commission may provide for limits on the amount of contribution or donation to a political party and the disclosure of information that may limit the influence of money in the political process.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
  • CodeNo
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19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
  • CodeNo
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21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
  • CodeNo
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24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
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25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
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26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
  • CodeNo
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27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?
  • CodeNo
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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeNot applicable
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeNot applicable
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeNot applicable
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    156. Air time on radio and television.

    (1) The management of the national radio or television shall, during an election campaign period, ensure that equal air time is given to each candidate and each political party on the national radio and television.

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdf accessed February 2018.

33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeEqual
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    156. Air time on radio and television.

    (1) The management of the national radio or television shall, during an election campaign period, ensure that equal air time is given to each candidate and each political party on the national radio and television.

    (2) The management of the national radio or television shall, in pursuance of subsection (1), allocate a minimum airtime of thirty minutes to each candidate and political party during an election campaign period taking into account, the number of candidates and political parties making a request under subsection (3).

    (3) A candidate or political party wishing to be given air time under subsection (1), shall for that purpose make a request in writing addressed to the management of the national radio or television, and the management shall only act upon the receipt of the request in writing.

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdf accessed February 2018.

34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    156. Air time on radio and television.

    (1) The management of the national radio or television shall, during an election campaign period, ensure that equal air time is given to each candidate and each political party on the national radio and television.

    (2) The management of the national radio or television shall, in pursuance of subsection (1), allocate a minimum airtime of thirty minutes to each candidate and political party during an election campaign period taking into account, the number of candidates and political parties making a request under subsection (3).

    (3) A candidate or political party wishing to be given air time under subsection (1), shall for that purpose make a request in writing addressed to the management of the national radio or television, and the management shall only act upon the receipt of the request in writing.

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdfaccessed February 2018.

35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeTax relief
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    150. Election campaign calendar.

    […]

    (4) A candidate or political party shall, notwithstanding any enactment to the contrary, be exempted from the payment of customs duty in respect of election campaign material which is imported and supported by a Certificate of Authorisation issued by the Electoral Commission.

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdf accessed February 2018.

36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNot applicable
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeNo
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeYes
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    120. Bribery.

    (1) A person who–

    (a) gives, lends, offers, promises, or promises to procure, any money or valuable consideration to or for a voter, or to do for any other person,in order to induce a voter to vote or refrain from voting or corruptly does any such act on account of such voter having voted, or refrained from voting at an election under this Act;

    (b) gives, procures, agrees to give or procure, offers, promises, or promises to procure or endeavour to procure, any office, place or employment to or for a voter, or to or for any other person, in order to induce the voter to vote or refrain from voting or corruptly does any such act on account of a voter having voted or refrained from voting at any election under this Act;

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdf accessed February 2018.

39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeNo
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeNo
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
  • CodeNo
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44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
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45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?
  • CodeNo
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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
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    20. Deciaration of assets accounts and audit of political parties.

    […]

    (4) There shall be submitted by every political party to the Commission within three months after the end of every-year a declaration of its income, assets and liabilities together with its audited accounts.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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    21. Declaration of assets etc in relation to election.

    (1) Every political party shall within twenty-one days after the notification of the holding of a public election which it intends to contest, submit to the Commission a statement in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of its assets and liabilities.

    (2) Every political party shall within sixty days after the declaration of the results of a public election in which it has participated submit to the Commission a detailed statement, in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of all expenditure incurred either by the party or a candidate put up or supported by that political party specifying the manner in which the expenditure was incurred.

    (3) A statement required to be submitted under this section shall be supported by a statutory declaration made by the general or national secretary of the political party and the national treasurer of that party.

    (4) Subsections (2) and (3) shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to any person standing as an independent candidate in a public election .

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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    Independent candidates only (for partisan candidates information about their finances should be included in reports by their political parties)

     

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    21. Declaration of assets etc in relation to election.

    (1) Every political party shall within twenty-one days after the notification of the holding of a public election which it intends to contest, submit to the Commission a statement in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of its assets and liabilities.

    (2) Every political party shall within sixty days after the declaration of the results of a public election in which it has participated submit to the Commission a detailed statement, in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of all expenditure incurred either by the party or a candidate put up or supported by that political party specifying the manner in which the expenditure was incurred.

    (3) A statement required to be submitted under this section shall be supported by a statutory declaration made by the general or national secretary of the political party and the national treasurer of that party.

    (4) Subsections (2) and (3) shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to any person standing as an independent candidate in a public election .

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo
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51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeYes
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    20. Deciaration of assets accounts and audit of political parties.

    (1) Every political party shall within such time after the issue to it of a final certificate of registration under section 12 as the Commission may direct in writing submit to the Commission a written declaration giving details of all its assets and expenditure, including all contributions, donations or pledges of contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, made or to be made to the initial assets of the party by its founding members in respect of the first year of its existence.

    (2) A declaration submitted to the Commission under subsection (1) shall state the sources of all funds and other assets of the political party and the particulars of the person or firm appointed by the political party as its auditor.

    (3) An auditor for the purposes of subsection (2) shall be(a) in the case of an individual, a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Sierra Leone, not being a member of the political party; or (b) in the case of a company or firm, under the supervision of a member of the Institute referred to in paragraph (a).

    (4) There shall be submitted by every political party to the Commission within three months after the end of every-year a declaration of its income, assets and liabilities together with its audited accounts.

    (5) The declaration made under subsection (1) and subsection (4) shall be supported by the national treasurer and the national or general secretary of the political party.

    (6) The Commission shall, within thirty days after receipt of the declaration required by subsection (1) or subsection (4), publish it by Government Notice.

    21. Declaration of assets etc in relation to election.

    (1) Every political party shall within twenty-one days after the notification of the holding of a public election which it intends to contest, submit to the Commission a statement in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of its assets and liabilities.

    (2) Every political party shall within sixty days after the declaration of the results of a public election in which it has participated submit to the Commission a detailed statement, in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of all expenditure incurred either by the party or a candidate put up or supported by that political party specifying the manner in which the expenditure was incurred.

    (3) A statement required to be submitted under this section shall be supported by a statutory declaration made by the general or national secretary of the political party and the national treasurer of that party.

    (4) Subsections (2) and (3) shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to any person standing as an independent candidate in a public election .

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
  • CodeYes
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    20. Deciaration of assets accounts and audit of political parties.

    (1) Every political party shall within such time after the issue to it of a final certificate of registration under section 12 as the Commission may direct in writing submit to the Commission a written declaration giving details of all its assets and expenditure, including all contributions, donations or pledges of contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, made or to be made to the initial assets of the party by its founding members in respect of the first year of its existence.

    (2) A declaration submitted to the Commission under subsection (1) shall state the sources of all funds and other assets of the political party and the particulars of the person or firm appointed by the political party as its auditor.

    (3) An auditor for the purposes of subsection (2) shall be(a) in the case of an individual, a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Sierra Leone, not being a member of the political party; or (b) in the case of a company or firm, under the supervision of a member of the Institute referred to in paragraph (a).

    (4) There shall be submitted by every political party to the Commission within three months after the end of every-year a declaration of its income, assets and liabilities together with its audited accounts.

    (5) The declaration made under subsection (1) and subsection (4) shall be supported by the national treasurer and the national or general secretary of the political party.

    (6) The Commission shall, within thirty days after receipt of the declaration required by subsection (1) or subsection (4), publish it by Government Notice.

    21. Declaration of assets etc in relation to election.

    (1) Every political party shall within twenty-one days after the notification of the holding of a public election which it intends to contest, submit to the Commission a statement in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of its assets and liabilities.

    (2) Every political party shall within sixty days after the declaration of the results of a public election in which it has participated submit to the Commission a detailed statement, in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of all expenditure incurred either by the party or a candidate put up or supported by that political party specifying the manner in which the expenditure was incurred.

    (3) A statement required to be submitted under this section shall be supported by a statutory declaration made by the general or national secretary of the political party and the national treasurer of that party.

    (4) Subsections (2) and (3) shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to any person standing as an independent candidate in a public election .

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
  • CodeYes
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    20. Deciaration of assets accounts and audit of political parties.

    (1) Every political party shall within such time after the issue to it of a final certificate of registration under section 12 as the Commission may direct in writing submit to the Commission a written declaration giving details of all its assets and expenditure, including all contributions, donations or pledges of contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, made or to be made to the initial assets of the party by its founding members in respect of the first year of its existence.

    (2) A declaration submitted to the Commission under subsection (1) shall state the sources of all funds and other assets of the political party and the particulars of the person or firm appointed by the political party as its auditor.

    (3) An auditor for the purposes of subsection (2) shall be(a) in the case of an individual, a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Sierra Leone, not being a member of the political party; or (b) in the case of a company or firm, under the supervision of a member of the Institute referred to in paragraph (a).

    (4) There shall be submitted by every political party to the Commission within three months after the end of every-year a declaration of its income, assets and liabilities together with its audited accounts.

    (5) The declaration made under subsection (1) and subsection (4) shall be supported by the national treasurer and the national or general secretary of the political party.

    (6) The Commission shall, within thirty days after receipt of the declaration required by subsection (1) or subsection (4), publish it by Government Notice.

    21. Declaration of assets etc in relation to election.

    (1) Every political party shall within twenty-one days after the notification of the holding of a public election which it intends to contest, submit to the Commission a statement in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of its assets and liabilities.

    (2) Every political party shall within sixty days after the declaration of the results of a public election in which it has participated submit to the Commission a detailed statement, in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of all expenditure incurred either by the party or a candidate put up or supported by that political party specifying the manner in which the expenditure was incurred.

    (3) A statement required to be submitted under this section shall be supported by a statutory declaration made by the general or national secretary of the political party and the national treasurer of that party.

    (4) Subsections (2) and (3) shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to any person standing as an independent candidate in a public election .

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

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55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeSpecial institution
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    Political Parties Registration Commission

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    20. Deciaration of assets accounts and audit of political parties.

    (1) Every political party shall within such time after the issue to it of a final certificate of registration under section 12 as the Commission may direct in writing submit to the Commission a written declaration giving details of all its assets and expenditure, including all contributions, donations or pledges of contributions or donations, whether in cash or in kind, made or to be made to the initial assets of the party by its founding members in respect of the first year of its existence.

    […]

    (4) There shall be submitted by every political party to the Commission within three months after the end of every-year a declaration of its income, assets and liabilities together with its audited accounts.

    21. Declaration of assets etc in relation to election.

    (1) Every political party shall within twenty-one days after the notification of the holding of a public election which it intends to contest, submit to the Commission a statement in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of its assets and liabilities.

    (2) Every political party shall within sixty days after the declaration of the results of a public election in which it has participated submit to the Commission a detailed statement, in such form as the Commission may prescribe, of all expenditure incurred either by the party or a candidate put up or supported by that political party specifying the manner in which the expenditure was incurred.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeYes, institution for this purpose
  • Comment

    The Political Parties Registration Commission has a mandate to monitor the compliance of political parties with the law, though it has no specific responsibility to monitor political finance regulations. 

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    6. Functions of Commission.

    […]

    (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), it shall be the function of the Commission– (a) to monitor the affairs or conduct of political parties so as to ensure their compliance with the Constitution, this Act and with the terms and conditions of their registration;

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeOther
  • Comment

    The Political Parties Registration Commission has a mandate to monitor the compliance of political parties with the law, though it has no specific responsibility to monitor political finance regulations.

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    6. Functions of Commission.

    […]

    (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), it shall be the function of the Commission– (a) to monitor the affairs or conduct of political parties so as to ensure their compliance with the Constitution, this Act and with the terms and conditions of their registration;

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Prison | Loss of political rights
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    Knowingly submitting false information carries fines or imprisonment. Being convicted of vote buying means a person can lose the right to vote and be elected.

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    28. Offence and penalty.

    […]

    (2) Every person who in furnishing particulars or information required to be furnished by a political party or by him under this Act makes a statement which he knows to be false or which he has no reason to believe to be true or makes a statement reckless, whether it is true or not, commits an offence.

    (3) An offence under this section, shall be punishable with a fine not exceeding Le 500,000.00 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or both such fine and imprisonment.

    The Political Parties Act, 2002, available at http://www.parliament.gov.sl/dnn5/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=x0uhWM-1OMU%3D&tabid=79&mid=635 accessed February 2018.

    121. Disqualification for undue influence, personation, or bribery.

    A person who is convicted of personation, undue influence, bribery or aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of the offence of personation shall, in addition to any other punishment, be barred during a period of five years from the date of his conviction–

    (a) from being registered as a voter or from voting at an election under this Act; and

    (b) from being elected a member of Parliament or a local council, or if elected before his conviction, of retaining his seat as a member of Parliament or a local council.

    The Public Elections Act, 2012, available at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Laws/2012-04.pdf accessed February 2018.

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