If The Political Party Development Act Of The Philippines

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If the Political Party Development Act of the Philippines is adopted into a law, it could follow the footstep of the British Political Parties, Elections, and Referendums Act of 2001 that established rules on party financing to restore public confidence in the parties. Much as the proposed political party development bill in the Philippines, the British version has the goal of ensuring reasonable party financing operations, limiting donations from inappropriate sources, and contributing to equality of opportunity for the various parties to participate in the election. This new Act took 5 years in its making starting from the creation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 1997. Specifically, this Act prohibits British political…show more content…
They also thought it was unnecessary to submit a regular nil return donation reports even when they rarely received a large amount of denotation. Large parties, on the other hand, complain about high demands placed on them by the accounting and auditing requirements of the Act. From the perspective of donors, they questioned that the definition of donation may be too broad given that commercial transactions are at risked to be considered as political donations. Companies warned that this wide definition of donation may be deterring them from working with political parties. The United Kingdom actually has 240 registered political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in December 2000. Of these 240 parties, a number of them are parties in name only. Sometimes they may comprise only of two people registered as party officers because they simply seek to gain publicity and promote their organization or brand without really having the intention to contest elections. The Philippines should learn from this experience and must impose more stringent requirements related to registration as a political party or its ideology and reasons for contesting elections. The UK experience actually shows how the country fails to strengthen and institutionalize its political party system because anyone can register as political parties, which means it encourages the emergence of weak and unorganized parties. However, the

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