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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo
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8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • 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
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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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    The Public Service Act prohibits public servants from engaging in partisan politics. According to Section 37 (d) civil servants should not to engage in any activity outside his official duties which is likely to involve him in political controversy or to lead to his taking improper advantage of his position in the public service. However, the Act is a mechanism for public servants only. This means that the political leadership is exempted from the provisions of the Act.

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    Money, Politics and Transparency.

24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
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    Section 84 of the Electoral Act (hereandafter as the Act) only mentions loans implicitly stating that ll money provided by an association or group of persons or by any person for the election expenses of a candidate, whether as a gift, loan, advance or deposit shall be fully disclosed.

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25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo
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    Section 84 of the Electoral Act (hereandafter as the Act) only mentions loans implicitly stating that ll money provided by an association or group of persons or by any person for the election expenses of a candidate, whether as a gift, loan, advance or deposit shall be fully disclosed.

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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
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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeNo
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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?
  • CodeNo
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNot applicable
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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeNo
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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • Code Premises for campaign meetings, Other
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    The Independent Electoral Commission provides services such as printing, voter’s rolls, voter education materials, and transport for polling agents.

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    Bryan, Shari, Baer, Denise (eds.). 2005. Money in Politics: A Study of Party Financing Practices in 22 Countries. Washington DC: The National Democratic Institute for Foreign Affairs (NDI).

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?
  • CodeYes
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    Article 92 of the Act.

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?
  • CodeYes
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code 50,000 pulas
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    Article 81 of the Act.

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?
  • CodeNo
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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    Article 86 of the Act states that the secretary of a political party or organisation shall, within 90 days after polling day in the election, render in respect of every candidate sponsored by such party or organisation who stood for election, to the appropriate returning officer a true return showing the expenditure incurred in terms of subsection (1) of this Article and an amount apportioned to each candidate.

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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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    Article 87 of the Act.

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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    Not applicable to political parties, no in case of candidates.

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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeNo
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
  • CodeSometimes
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    Section 87 of the Act. According to the Independent Electoral Commission, however, political parties and individual candidates are not required to report itemized financial information at any given time. While the law clearly states that candidates should report financial information after general elections, this hasn't been enforced.

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    Money, Politics and Transparency.

54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
  • CodeSometimes
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    Section 85 of the Act. According to the Independent Electoral Commission, however, political parties and individual candidates are not required to report itemized financial information at any given time. While the law clearly states that candidates should report financial information after general elections, this hasn't been enforced.

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    Money, Politics and Transparency.

55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeEMB
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    EMB = Independent Electoral Commission.

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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeYes, court
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    High Court.

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    Article 88 of the Act.

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 | Other
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    Other = suspension of the right to be elected as a Member or registered as a voter or of voting at an election.

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    Sections 90-105 of the Act.

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