Draft bill on party funding on track
PARLIAMENT is on track to meet its own deadline of coming up with draft legislation to regulate the funding of political parties.
The 11-member ad hoc committee on party funding has been hard at work since its establishment in June.
It has until the end of the month to report back to the National Assembly on its work.
Speaker Baleka Mbete told Parliament earlier this year that she wanted legislation on the funding of parties to be concluded before the term of the current Parliament ended in 2019.
Committee chairperson Vincent Smith said submissions had been obtained from civil society, academics, private persons and the business community.
The bill provides for parties represented in legislatures and Parliament to disclose their source of funding to the Independent Electoral Commission. It also wants to ban foreign funding, but allows funding for skills and development training.