With the second democratic election scheduled for May 1999, one aspect of electoral law is of particular importance - the financing of political parties in general and election campaigns in particular. Nico Steytler examines whether the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act of 1997 meets the requirement of the Constitution that relating to the funding of political parties participating in national and provincial legislatures.

The author criticises the Act for failing to address the regulation of private funding, the funding of political parties during election campaigns, and the exclusion of new parties from public funding.

pdfDownload full text.