Post-legislative scrutiny of election campaign finance legislation

Post-legislative scrutiny of election campaign finance legislation
Comparative study on legislation and practices in Indonesia, Moldova, and Nigeria
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20 January 2022
Authors
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Dr. Sergiu Lipcean
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Dr. Fernando Casal Bértoa
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LL.M. Nino Goguadze
Introduction
Campaign finance regulations (CFR) are often a controversial policy area. Legislative changes related to the electoral process are usually taking place in a very tense and challenging political environment and tend to accommodate interests of dominant political parties. Therefore, there is always a risk of law making become politicised, which leaves the main legislative challenges unaddressed.

This comparative analysis of CFR in Nigeria, Moldova and Indonesia shows how conflicting political preferences towards alternative regulatory solutions have considerably undermined the achievement of CFR goals such as ensuring fair and equal conditions for political competition and participation.

By laying out the factors of why the requirements of campaign funding control were not met, the analysis further explores the importance of post legislative scrutiny (PLS) as one of the most effective instruments to protect the integrity of the electoral democracies.