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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentDonation form other countries are forbidden, as well as donations coming from people without Cyprus citizenship.
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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
  • Commentprivate corporate donations are not generally banned, but specific limits apply (e.g., contributions are not allowed from companies constituted under the Companies Act). In specific cases, (art. 5.2) corporate donations cannot exceed 5,000 ? per year.
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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?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentDonors must always register their identity in order to contribute ti political parties' finance.
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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?
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 both natural and legal persons
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    p.7 'Donations, either from physical persons or legal entities,are limited to EUR 50,000 per political party annually'. (Source: OSCE/ODIHR Needs Assessment Mission Report, March 2016)

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 Annual limit is EUR 50.000 for both natural persons and legal entities
  • Commentlower limits apply for specific groups of donors. (see Q. 3)
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
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
  • CommentNA
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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
  • CommentNA
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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 and in relation to campaigns
  • CommentState fund are given both for electoral campaigning and parties' ordinary activities
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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 | Registration as a political party
  • CommentFunding is only available to political parties that are registered in the Register of Political Parties. Parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties receive funding for election expenses. Non parliamentary party should receive at least the 3 per cent of votes to be eligible for reimbursement.
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeEqual | Proportional to votes received | Proportional to seats received
  • CommentFor parliamentary parties: 1) The 15% of the total amount is distributed equally. The rest is distributed in proportion to the votes received during the last parliamentary elections. Non parliamentary parties should have pass the 3% threshold of votes received in the previous election, and then the same criteria applies for the allocation calculations.
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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?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentParties are entitled to free air time at Cyprus Broadcasting (CYBC) during campaign periods.
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeEqual
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    Each party is given maximum 100 minutes in total on all television stations and 60 minutes on all radio stations.

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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    Candidates in Presidential elections.

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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentNeither Public funding nor private contributions received by each party are subject to taxation. Moreover, the amount of the donation is deductible from the taxable income for private donors.
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentNo reference to ear-marked funding in relation to gender equality can be found.
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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?
  • CodeNo
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
  • CommentNA
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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 EUR 30,000 [I$ 41,000] for candidates to Parliament, and EUR 50,000 [I$ 68,000] for candidates to the European Parliament.
  • CommentEUR 5,000 of the EUR 30,000 parliamentary candidates may spend regard candidates' own spending, and the remaining EUR 25,000 regard candidates' additional spending that must be paid for via the electoral representative.
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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
  • CommentPolitical Parties must report on their finance annually.
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentPolitical parties have to report income and expenses for election campaigns
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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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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
  • CommentPolitical parties' financial statements are published on the Official Journal, and must be published on parties' websites too.
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeSometimes
  • CommentIdentity of donors must be revealed for each donations over 500 ?
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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?
  • CodeMinistry | Auditing agency
  • CommentParties submit reports to the Auditor General of the Republic. The representatives of candidates submit reports to the Election Commissioner (who also is Director General of the Ministry of Interior).
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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeAuditing agency
  • Commentthe General Auditor of the Republic has exclusive competence to audit political parties and s/he cannot delegate this authority.
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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 | Loss of public funding
  • CommentViolations are fined with up to ?20,000 for political parties, and repeated offences may imply?a withdrawal of public funding to the party. Private monetary contributions to parties exceeding the prescribed maximum amount may give a fine up to three times the difference between the maximum amount allowed for donations and the real amount received by the party.Candidates who exceed their expenditure limits or fail to comply with provisions concerning financial statements may be fined with up to EUR 342 [I$ 470] or imprisonment up to?six months.
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