Tuesday May 31, 2016 

 

Politics

Strengthening Rules for Election Candidates

AG looking at increasing the frequency of disclosures

Voice staff/Elections BC logo

 

ate last week, Elections BC released a discussion paper with their recommendations for amendments to some of the basic disclosure rules for election candidates.

According to Elections BC, the Chief Electoral Officer and the Attorney General asked if they would be able to evaluate the requirements for "more frequent" political contribution reporting.

• How much time would be required to develop a proposal and to implement ‘real-time disclosure’?
• What cost would be involved?
• What legislative changes would be required?
• Are there precedents in other jurisdictions that could be considered?

The release stated that the "discussion paper addresses these questions and summarizes the frequency of disclosure of political contributions in Canada and the United States", and looks at options at implementing a more frequent disclosure of political contributions for all candidates in B.C. Currently, election candidates are required to file disclosures annually.

The Voice wanted to know if this was just going to be a cut and paste job from other areas and asked Elections BC to explain the use of other jurisdictions in the process.

Amie Foster, Elections BC, told The Voice that a summary of current requirements for disclosure in B.C. on page 3 of the discussion paper and looks at the current requirements for disclosure elsewhere in Canada and in the US on pages 4-6.

"The frequency by which political contributions are disclosed in those jurisdictions varies greatly," says Foster.

The Chief Electoral Officer summarizes the current requirements for disclosure in B.C. on page 3 of the discussion paper and summarizes the current requirements for disclosure elsewhere in Canada and in the United States on pages 4-6. The frequency by which political contributions are disclosed in those jurisdictions seems to vary greatly, added Foster in her e-mail.

"The three options presented on pages 8-18 are informed from the current requirements in those other Canadian and American jurisdictions, but have not been copied directly from any one jurisdiction. Each option in the discussion paper reflects how disclosure at a given frequency could work in B.C.
," she said.

The discussion paper is available on the Elections BC website here.

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