The organization Transparency Serbia called today, within the necessary amendments to the Law on Financing Political Activities, to limit the costs in election campaigns, which are now unnecessarily expensive, and to harmonize the Law with the recommendations of international organizations in this area.
A good reminder of these recommendations is the news that arrived from Pristina, that the Central Election Commission there determined that the maximum costs of political parties for the election campaign will be 934,831 euros, it is stated in the announcement.
In Kosovo, Transparency adds, the law stipulates that the cost of the campaign is limited to half a euro for each registered voter.
If there was such a restriction in the law of Serbia, no campaign for the parliamentary elections should cost more than 3,291,832.5 euros, or 387,119,502 dinars.
In the parliamentary elections held this summer, the costs reported by the ruling SNS were 685 million dinars, reminds Transparency Serbia, which recently presented the findings of a comparative study of regulations on the transparency of campaign financing with colleagues from the Czech Republic.
In that country, which is richer than Serbia and with a slightly larger population, the spending limit in the elections is 3.6 million euros.
In Serbia, the costs of leading actors in parliamentary and presidential elections, despite the strong running of a functionary campaign that is not shown in those financial reports, and significantly reduces the need for paid promotion, often exceed five million euros.
Transparency stated that one of the reasons for such expensive campaigns is the system of distribution of funds from the budget, in which only 20 percent of the money is intended for equal representation of election participants, while 80 percent is allocated on the basis of election success.
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