If there are doubts about the management of money of political parties in Costa Rica, the banking and tax secrecy of donors and suppliers will be lifted.
An article on Nacion.com reports that "... The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) will lift banking and tax secrecy for donors to political parties in order to verify their economic solvency, in light of suspicions about the origin of their resources. The measure aims to prevent the use of illicit money during election campaigns and also applies to any person who gives or receives money from a group, such as lenders, suppliers and bondholders of political debt. "
The president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Costa Rica has evaluated in $80 million the cost of an electronic voting system which would link all polling stations together.
Statements by Luis Antonio Sobrado, Chief of Justice of Costa Rican Elections, allow a comparison of market prices with those agreed to by the institution during the evaluation of a system of electronic voting.
In some countries in the region the gap between those who have to manage a business and those who seek to govern a country is widening, with appalling consequences for the economic and social development of those nations.
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- An entrepreneur who does not make decisions threatens the existence of their company, and consequently their personal assets, and often the family economy and in turn their children's future.
Lack of official results from the March 1st elections creates uncertainty among employers and undermines the country's image as a destination for foreign investment.
Representatives from the Salvadoran Association of Industries (ASI) argue that "... the political environment in the country could deter foreign investors. " In addition, this could affect the disbursement of Fomilenio II.
"Murillo and Ortega together are forging a level of control that political observers say holds echoes of the sort of family dynasty that the Sandinista Front once took up arms to topple."
"Dynasty," is how the U.S. Newspaper Kansas City describes the government of Daniel Ortega and in which it discusses the influential role played by his wife Rosario Murillo in every government decision.
In Costa Rica the Constitutional Court has limited the sale of debt bonds to the media and individuals.
According to Judge Fernando Castillo, this statement will bring transparency to a means through which political parties are funded and allow control in the act of making donations and providing services during the electoral process.
A law has been ratified which reduces from $86 million to $50 million the amount that the State intends to use to finance campaign spending.
Nacion.com reports: "The plan reduces from 0.19% to 0.11% of the gross domestic product (GDP) recorded two years before the election, the amount that the state will allocate to finance expenses incurred by the parties from Wednesday until February 2. "
One of the reasons for the poor performance of the Salvadoran economy is the uncertainty about political behavior at every election.
This was stated by Director of Economic and Social Affairs of the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP), Waldo Jimenez, who added that "... as time has gone on the Salvadoran economy has grown less, and what that means for citizens is that the country has less and less capacity to generate wealth ... ".
Radio stations in Costa Rica are opposing a bill that would force them to give free advertising space to political parties.
The proposal, made by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE by its initials in Spanish), would mean that radio and television stations would have to provide free 30 minute slots a day for political parties in Costa Rica for them to broadcast propaganda. This proposal was discussed and rejected by the board of the National Radio Chamber (Canara), which groups together some 80 radio stations.
President Ortega asked businessmen for their support to change the political parties system, turning to a institutional scheme similar to the one used in the 80s.
According to Bayardo Arce, Economic Matters Advisor for the Presidency, President Daniel Ortega told businessmen at a meeting in INCAE that “if the Cosep (Superior Private Company Council) supports him, he is willing to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and organize a legislation with representatives from all the sectors of society, as it was done with the State Council”.
The sum of the expenses of the four main political parties in Costa Rica for the elections of February 2010 reached $45 million.
El Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) spent $17 million and the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) reached $14 million while the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) budget was almost $10 million. The election-related expenses for Alianza Patriótica was $5.6 million.
The transition process of the Salvadoran government is proving that alternation of power contributes to sound political practices.
Observable facts in the current transition process between the government of the outgoing ARENA party and the incoming FMLN party, are positive signs up until now and differ sharply from other transitions.
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