Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Albania: Campaign Funding Under Scrutiny

Tirana, 09 June 2009

Campaign postersTransparency International Albania, the local branch of the international watchdog, has called on Albania political parties to make public the details of campaign donations and how they are used.

The latest EU progress report on Albania noted that much work was needed “on the issues of transparency of political party funding”.Under the new campaign finance law reforms introduced in the electoral code in December, the auditing process for campaign donations will be managed by a new group of experts chosen by the Central Electoral Commission.

However, watchdog groups and experts doubt that it will curb illegal donations to political parties.According to the new electoral code, the highest amount that any one person or organization can contribute to a political party may not exceed 100,000 lek (approximately 830 euros).

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