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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?
  • CodeYes
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    It is prohibited for the candidate to receive any money for election propaganda from any party.(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    It is prohibited for the candidate to receive any money for election propaganda from any party.(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

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
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    It is prohibited for the candidate to receive any money for election propaganda from any party.(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

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?
  • CodeNo data
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10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    • It is prohibited for the candidate to receive any money for election propaganda from any party.(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    It is prohibited for the candidate to receive any money for election propaganda from any party.(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

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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    Ministerial Decree No. 77 of 2006 on the organization of electoral propaganda for the elections of the members of the Council of Representatives and the municipal councils in Article (3):
    It is prohibited for each candidate to carry out electoral propaganda, including organizing, holding and organizing meetings
    Posters and advertisements inside or outside or on the following places and facilities:
    Mosques, mansions and other places of worship.
    B) The ministries, departments and affiliated agencies, government buildings and institutions
    Public bodies and the like, and public places for public services.
    C) Universities, scientific institutes and public and private schools.
    (D) Monuments, monuments, archaeological buildings and surrounding fences.
    (E) poles of electricity, lighting, telephone, traffic lights and traffic signs;
    F) The headquarters of the supervisory committees and the farming and sorting committees.
    (G) Bridges, tunnels, dowries, street islands, intersections, pavements and trees
    (H) Means of transport and public vehicles.

14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeNo
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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
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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?
  • CodeNot applicable
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
  • CodeNo data
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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 data
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21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
  • CodeNo data
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24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
  • CodeNo data
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27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?
  • CodeNo data
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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?
  • CodeNo data
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeNo data
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeNo data
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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?
  • CodeYes
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    All media shall be given equal rights in the media of all candidates..(Article 26) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeNo data
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    It is prohibited for any candidate to present gifts, donations, cash or in kind donations or other benefits, or promises to provide them to a natural or legal person, whether directly or through third parties. No person may request such gifts or donations. Or aid or promise from any candidate.
    The candidate is also prohibited from receiving any funds for election campaigns from any party. .(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
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    Nothing mentioned on the contribution system and the polrtical party law or the election law

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    Nothing mentioned on the contribution system and the polrtical party law or the election law

37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeYes
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    It is prohibited for any candidate to present gifts, donations, cash or in kind donations or other benefits, or promises to provide them to a natural or legal person, whether directly or through third parties. No person may request such gifts or donations. Or aid or promise from any candidate.
    The candidate is also prohibited from receiving any funds for election campaigns from any party. .(Article 25) by Decree-Law No. 15 of 2002 on the House of Representatives and Representatives.

39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeNo data
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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 data
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNo data
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
  • CodeNo data
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44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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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 data
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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo
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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo
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    The election law didn't address this as a requirement.

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    The election law didn't address this as a requirement.

50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo data
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51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeNo
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
  • CodeNo data
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54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
  • CodeNo data
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55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeMinistry | Auditing agency
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    Ministry of Justice

56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeYes, other
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    Office of financial provisions/Financial Control Bureau

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    Office of financial provisions/Financial Control Bureau,The political associations, which are in the ranks of the political parties, submit their financial reports to the general conferences, to the Ministry of Justice (the department responsible for them) and to the Financial Control Bureau, which audits and monitors the accounts of these associations on an annual basis as well as an independent auditing company.

57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeNo data
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58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Prison
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    (Imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding three thousand dinars, or one of these two penalties) in Article (24) of the decree
    Law No. (15) of 2002 concerning the Consultative Council and House of Representatives

    Article (13) by Ministerial Decision No. 77 of 2006 on the regulation of electoral propaganda for the elections of the members of the Council of Representatives and the municipal councils:
    Without prejudice to any more severe penalty punishable by any other law:
    1. Any candidate for membership in the Chamber of Deputies shall be subject to electoral propaganda contrary to the conditions and conditions
    Provided for in this decision shall be subject to the penalty stipulated in Article (31) of the decree
    Law No. (15) of 2002 concerning the Consultative Council and House of Representatives.
    2. Any candidate for municipal councils shall be subjected to electoral propaganda contrary to the conditions
    And the conditions stipulated in this decision for the penalty provided for in Article 16
    Of Decree-Law No. (14) of 1973 concerning the organization of advertisements.
    3. The penalty provided for in Article (17) of Decree-Law No. (14) for the year shall be punished
    1973 On the organization of advertisements, anyone who breaks, breaks, removes, rips or maims any advertisement
    Photograph, poster or any other means of election campaigning
    During the election period.

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