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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Electoral reforms

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Among the things that many people agitated and fought for during the past regime was electoral reforms. In fact, it was this concept that led late Solo Sandeng and colleagues to go out in the streets to demand for it. Unfortunately, he was met with highhandedness due to which he paid the ultimate price. It is important that the Government remember that this is still needed for the good of the country.

It is hoped that one area of electoral reforms that will be introduced if and when the time comes, will be regulations on campaign and campaign financing. Many nations around the world have strict laws regulating who funds what campaign and they guide prospective candidates and parties on how to go about raising funds for their run for office.

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One can understand that certain financiers of parties or individuals may have vested interested in the resources of the nation. Being allowed to fund the campaign of particular candidates or parties may therefore give them an edge over other competitors when it comes to business opportunities or investments which may not augur well for the nation at large. If someone bankrolls the election campaign of a president, a mayor, a national assembly member or even a counselor, that person may have a stranglehold on the economy of the nation, constituency or region.

It is important therefore to come up with laws which will seek to protect and serve the greater good of the country. These types of financing allow a few individuals to do as they please with the wealth and resources of the nation, mostly to the detriment of the ordinary citizens.

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