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2018-08-13 15:57

Legislative Yuan passes the amendment to the “Political Donations Act”

Legislative Yuan passes the amendment to the “Political Donations Act” partly as an Entitlement to persons planning to participate in a campaign of mountain indigenous districts for receiving political donations with the fortification of the transparency mechanism The Legislative Yuan passed the amendment to the “Political Donations Act” partly for the provisions at its third reading on May 29 2018. Thus, legal reference has been provided for persons planning to participate in a campaign of chiefs of mountain indigenous districts and representatives of mountain indigenous district congresses when receiving political donations. In addition, the amendment further provides a higher limit for individual political donation to different persons planning to participate in a campaign on an annual basis and the upper limit of political donations to persons planning to participate in a campaign nominated by political parties. For the incomes and expenditures of political donations shall also be fully publicized over the internet. As such, the mechanism for the management of political donations has been further improved. The contents of the recent amendment will be applicable to the 9-in-1 election of local civil servants in Taiwan in 2018. Ministry of the Interior mentioned that to avoid the expulsion of different persons planning to participate in a campaign when receiving political donations, the limit for individuals making political donations to different persons planning to participate in a campaign was raised to NT$300,000 per year under the principle of small amount of donations. In addition, the scope of the electoral districts and the size of the task force in serving the public to the persons planning to participate in a campaign of chiefs of townships (cities) is not less than the persons planning to participate in a campaign of county (city) councilors. Likewise, persons planning to participate in a campaign of chiefs of townships (cities) may start to receive political donations as early as 8 months prior to the expiration of the previous term of office. For the protection of the rights and the privileges of the indigenous in their candidacy, persons planning to participate in a campaign of chiefs of mountain indigenous districts and representatives of mountain indigenous district congresses could also receive political donations. Ministry of the Interior specifically reminded the public that in making political donations, they must pay close attention to any relevant amendments thereto to avoid violation of the applicable laws. The provisions passed in the third reading also include the provisions for a higher limit for the nomination of the same group of persons planning to participate in a campaign by political parties to create an environment of fair competition among political parties and avoid the wide gap of financial resources among the political parties. Accordingly, political donations to the election of President and Vice President shall not exceed NT$25,000,000, to the election of governors of municipalities or counties (cities) shall not exceed NT$3,000,000, and to councilors of the municipalities or counties (cities) shall not exceed NT$500,000. For fortifying the mechanism of information transparency, this amendment also provides that the authority hearing declarations will publicize the accounting reports over the internet and will become effective 6 months after the amendment, Ministry of the Interior explained further. In the future, the public may access information on the incomes and expenditures of political donations to persons planning to participate in a campaign of the election of local civil servants during the year by visiting the Sunshine Acts website at http://sunshine.cy.gov.tw/GipOpenWeb/wSite/mp?mp=6

Dept: 民政司

 
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