New rules for political party funding are ‘impractical’, says DA


New rules for political party funding are ‘impractical’, says DA

The draft regulations would be burdensome, time-consuming and very expensive to implement, the party argues

Parliamentary editor

The Democratic Alliance has come out guns blazing against the IEC’s proposed draft regulations on transparent political party funding, saying it would require “an army of bookkeepers” to declare smaller donations.

The main opposition has specifically targeted one draft regulation, which seeks to compel political parties represented in parliament to publicly disclose donations of more than R100,000, while submitting records of lesser amounts to the IEC, saying it was simply impractical to implement.

But labour federation Cosatu has begged to differ, saying that even though the DA viewed some of the proposed requirements as “onerous”, they would be worthwhile if they stemmed the tide of corruption and abuse of political office...

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