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MVC Statement on Political Party PAIA responses

My Vote Counts is outraged that on the eve of the 2016 Local Government Elections, political parties refuse to publish information about the sources of the private donations that they receive.

That there is no legislation that forces political parties to publish this information is not a valid response. Political parties currently canvassing for votes should be willing to disclose this information.

It is an insult to the electorate and the South African public for political parties to say that this information is not necessary for deciding who to vote for on election day.

The electorate needs to make an informed decision as to whom to vote for, and who a political party accepts private donations from is part of the information necessary in making that decision.

The right to vote is not merely a right to make an ‘X’ on a ballot paper; it is the right to make an informed decision, and without the requisite information, the value of the right to vote is reduced.

We note the several excuses that the political parties that responded have provided to deny the electorate this information.

We are very disheartened by the fact that many political parties did not even bother to respond to a request made under South Africa’s legislation that governs the public’s right to access information, thus disparaging and undermining the very nature of our political system.

MVC will be convening in the next week to decide on a way forward.

Political Parties respond to the MVC PAIA requests

The response by the IFP can be viewed here:

MVC – 2016 PAIA Request reply by IFP

The response by the AIC can be viewed here:

MVC – 2016 PAIA Request reply by the AIC

The response by the DA can be viewed here:

MVC – 2016 PAIA Request reply by DA

The response by the FF+ can be viewed here:

MVC - 2016 PAIA Request reply by FF+

 

DEADLINE THIS WEEK FOR POLITICAL PARTIES TO SHOW US THE MONEY!!!!

Media Statement:

DEADLINE THIS WEEK FOR POLITICAL PARTIES TO SHOW US THE MONEY!!!!

Friday 1 July marks a deadline for political parties to respond to demands for them to show the public who is funding them. This will mark 30 days since My Vote Counts (MVC) submitted Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) requests to the 13 political parties represented in the national parliament.

This information is a crucial first step in demanding the transparency that the public deserves of politicians who are asking for votes in the upcoming 2016 local government elections.
On 31 May and 01 June 2016, My Vote Counts submitted Promotion of Access to Information Act(PAIA) forms to the 13 Political Parties currently represented in the national Parliament.

These PAIA forms requested the following information from the political parties:
• A full record of all monetary donations received from private sources, including individual persons (local and foreign), companies (local and foreign), and foreign governments.
• This information is requested for the past 5 years.
• The record must specify –
o the date on which the funds were received;
o amount received;
o the name of the funder;
o and if there were/are any conditions to the donation – what these conditions are.

This information is vital for the South African electorate to make an informed decision in deciding on which political party they should vote for in the upcoming elections.

MVC has only received written responses from 2 political parties thus far and the deadline for all responses is 1 July 2016.

We hope that political parties will show some respect to the electorate that they are currently canvassing for votes from, and provide us with the information that we seek. The South African electorate has a right to know where the private funding of political parties comes from.

For media queries:
Janine Ogle, Coordinator: My Vote Counts, janine@myvotecounts.org.za, 071 345 1522.