The implementation of legislation pertaining to campaign financing has been the talk within parties, organizations, and unions for several years now. It has resurrected to the forefront in recent weeks following the recent scandals involving ministers receiving campaign finances. In today’s conference hosted by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), it highlighted that campaign financing laws were one of the recommendations made under UNCAC. According to Hubert Enriquez, NTUCB UNCAC board member, these queries were brought up since Belize signed onto the UNCAC.
Hubert Enriquez, Member, National Trade Union Congress of Belize: “You see all these things that were actually published in manifestos way back then in 2008 where they spoke about the very things that we’re now dealing with UNCAC that they were going to do form 2008. Talk about unjust enrichment law, law to regulate campaign financing, law to govern the conduct of elected officials, those things were actually promised way back in 2008 three administrations ago. Less leverage to party politics in the work of government-those were passed some years ago and it’s been now three administrations and it’s at the end of one administration now and it’s still not in place yet.”