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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentBan seems to apply only to foreign legal persons.
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2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentElection campaigns can only be funded by state support, nominating political parties and national individuals.
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3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentElection campaigns can only be funded by state support, nominating political parties and national individuals.
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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentElection campaigns can only be funded by state support, nominating political parties and national individuals.
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7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeNo data
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14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeYes, for natural persons
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    Art 7.1, 'Os donativos de natureza pecuni?ria feitos por pessoas singularesidentificadas est?o sujeitos ao limite anual de 30 sal?rios m?nimos mensaisnacionais por doador e s?o obrigatoriamente titulados por cheque outransfer?ncia banc?ria.' (Source: Lei No. 09/04 de financiamento dos partidos pol?ticos e das campanhas eleitorais)

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?
  • Code Limit is 30 monthly minimum wages (period unclear)
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
  • CodeNo data
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17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • CodeNo data
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • Code Donations must not exceed 70 minimum monthly wages. Limit does not apply to nominating political party.
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20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?

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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, both regularly provided funding and in relation to campaigns
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29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeRepresentation in elected body | Share of votes in previous election | Number of candidates
  • CommentONGOING FUNDING: Funding only available to political parties that gain Parliamentary representation.

    CAMPAIGN FUNDING: Those that present candidates for 51% of seats (Parliamentary elections), or winning 5% or 2% of the vote (Presidential and local government elections respectively)
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeEqual | Proportional to votes received
  • CommentOngoing Funding: Share of votes in preceding elections (for those winning Parliamentary seats, allocation not mentioned for those gaining 1% of the vote).Campaign Funding: 20% equal, 80% by votes received.
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeNo
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeTax relief
  • CommentPolitical parties receive various forms of tax benefits.
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo data
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39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentLimit applies to election campaigns only.
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code Limit is 15,000 national monthly minimum wages, plus 3,000 wages for Presidential elections and 300 wages per candidate nominated in Parliamentary elections. Limit for regional and local elections depends on size of electoral district.
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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
  • CommentNA
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?

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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentAnnually
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo data
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50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentIn the Official Gazette and on the internet.
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeNo data
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeCourt
  • CommentConstitutional court
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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeYes, court
  • CommentConstitutional Tribunal
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57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Prison | Forfeiture | Loss of public funding
  • CommentParty leaders are subject to fines and prison (up to 5 years). Parties can also lose right to public funding if they fail to submit reports, and have to forfeit illegal donations. 
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