Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission Report Urges Overhaul of Campaign Financing Laws”

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The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission’s recent report on the January 18, 2023, general elections highlights the urgent need to revise electoral laws regarding campaign financing.

The report reveals that current laws contain loopholes that political parties exploit, making it challenging to regulate their financing activities.

However, there are issues with the reporting periods stipulated by the Representation of the People’s (Amendment) Act of 2001, as it does not specify the start date for reporting.

The report underscores the necessity of addressing this legislative deficiency to ensure accountability in campaign financing.

The financial breakdown of reported amounts for the 2023 and 2018 general elections is as follows:

2023 General Elections:

ABLP: $988,612.00

UPP: $193,500.00

BPM: $14,000.00

DNA: $0

2018 General Elections:

ABLP: $2,138,979.00

UPP: $1,666,151.00

BPM: $19,000.00

DNA: $21,000.00

ABTLP: $0

These figures show significant declines for all parties from the 2018 elections. The 2023 report was presented to parliament last week during sessions of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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