Campaign Finance

All candidates nominated to run for an elective office in Afghanistan are required to submit to the IEC information regarding his/her assets’ worth. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in non-inclusion to the candidate list.

In order to promote a level playing field, guidelines for campaign contributions are also provided. Contributions may be received during the campaign period. Only Afghan citizens, political parties, other domestic legal and non-governmental entities may contribute. Contributions can be in the form of cash, loans, movable and immovable properties, services, and facilities. Every candidate shall submit his/her campaign contributions and expenses report to the IEC. Expenditures include payment made for goods, properties, assets, services, and facilities used during electoral campaigns.

Failure of candidates to submit his/her statement of contributions and expenditures at the due time will be considered an offense and names of offenders will be sent to the IECC .

Meanwhile, political parties are also required to make all funds transparent. According to the Political Parties Law, political parties shall register all their income and deposits in a bank. Political parties are legally allowed to receive  membership contributions, donations from legal persons up to 2 million Afghani per year, income from the party’s movable and immovable property, subsidies by the government in connection with elections, and other contributions by the members.

Resources :

PDF : Regulation on Political Campaign Finances
PDF : Regulation on Campaign Finance 2014 (Dari)
PDF : Regulation on Election Campaign Period (2013) (Dari)
PDF : Campaign finance oversight in the 2009 Presidential elections in Afghanistan (IFES: 2009)

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