Conclusion of public hearings into Political Party Funding Act Regulations
2 August 2019
The International Electoral Commission (IEC) expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude to all the organisations, institutions, political parties and ordinary citizens who took the time to participate in the public engagement into the draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act (Act 6 of 2018). Since the draft regulations were published in March 2019, the Electoral Commission received over 4 300 written submissions ranging from those simply welcoming the introduction of a party funding regulatory regime to those who made substantive recommendations relating to the regulations and/or the legislation.
Over the past two days a range of civil society organisations, political parties, media organisations, business organisations, trade union organisations, public sector institutions and individuals used the opportunity to make oral presentations to the Commission.
The Electoral Commission welcomes the spirit of cooperation and support shown by all participants in seeking the implementation of an effective and efficient political party funding regime as soon as possible.
“A central theme which emerged during the hearings has been the overwhelming support for the legislation and regulations and a shared desire to see these implemented as a matter of urgency,” said Chairperson Mr Glen Mashinini.