Campaign financing reform not priority for gov’t, opposition

-Gaskin says required environment doesn’t exist

Dominic Gaskin

Despite a recent recommendation from the Carter Center that campaign financing legislation should be updated and strengthened, neither of the two governing coalition partners, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), seems to have any interest in taking action.

Both partners, however, say that the issue requires widespread discussions, although prior to entering office they had committed to formulating new campaign financing regulations.

Campaign financing laws that require disclosures of donors to parties during an election period and strict record keeping is seen as pivotal in fighting corruption in countries like Guyana.

Treasurer of the AFC and Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin recently described campaign financing as a complex issue and one which will always be shrouded in secrecy, given the environment of ….

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