The Ministry of Justice wants to hear from the public on potential improvements to political donation rules in the Electoral Act 1993 so New Zealanders can see more clearly who is donating money to political parties and candidates.
The Minister of Justice has asked for advice on whether any improvements could be made before the 2023 General Election, and we have identified several potential changes. These aim to improve the overall transparency and openness of political donations without unduly restricting donors or the ability of parties and candidates to raise the funds they need. They would also simplify the process, to help people comply with the rules.
Proposed changes include lowering the financial threshold for a political party to disclose a donor’s identity, requiring more disclosure about small and non-cash donations and loans, and increasing reporting obligations. A ban on anonymous donations is also being considered.
Public feedback will help inform Government decisions on whether changes should be made before the 2023 General Election. More information about the proposed rule changes and how to provide feedback(external link) can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
The public consultation closes on Tuesday, 25 January 2022.
Media contact: Alison Horwood
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