New law makes it illegal for political parties to spend public money on campaigns

New law makes it illegal for political parties to spend public money on campaigns

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- The National Council of Provinces has passed a new Electoral Laws Amendment Bill

- The bill will make it illegal for political parties to use public funds for campaign efforts

- The bill, which now needs to be signed into law by the president, was met with unanimous support

The National Council of Provinces has passed a bill that will make it illegal for political parties to spend public funds on their campaign efforts.

The bill, which was passed by the National Assemby in November 2018, received unanimous support from all parties at the NCOP with the exception of the EFF. The bill is now just waiting for President Ramaphosa to sign it into law.

The bill strictly limits the amount of money parties can spend on campaigning to a set amount allocated by the state.

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It will also allow voters whose addresses are not yet on the voters' role to cast their ballot in this year's election. This comes after a constitutional court ruling in 2013 that the Independent Electoral Commission must record voters' addresses.

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Additionally, the bill would set the deadline for voter registration for the day that the president announces the date of the elections. (Ramaphosa has yet to decide on a final date.)

Politicians across the political spectrum welcomed the bill. Mntomuhle Khawula, an IFP MP from KwaZulu-Natal said that the bill's provision that state funds could not be used for campaigns was an issue that the IFP had been "confronting" for years.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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