Tuesday May 31, 2016
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.
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.
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