Most members of parliament say they would not be comfortable to pass a law that would stop politicians from giving out handouts during elections.
Centre for Multiparty Democracy, in its quest to bring sanity during elections, is pushing for that law. According to CMD executive director Kizito Tenthani, the main aim of the law is to ensure political campaign are issue centred not riches.
But several members of parliament Nyasa Times interviewed but asked not to be named, said the bill would not see the light of the day because in most cases the lifeline of a politician is money to hook the voters.
“We will be hanging ourselves if we allow such a law,” said an independent MP.
Another MP from the ruling DPP said “there are some positives in the bill to support but on handouts, it will not be wise to ban such.”
The bill, generally, seeks to address the challenges faced when regulating the registration, financing and functioning of the party.
Among other changes, the bill proposes strict transparency and accountability measures on how political parties that receive State funding should operate. It also provides for political parties to disclose their private sources of financing.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :