CONTRIBUTIONS to political parties and party officials' financial status will soon come under scrutiny when government rolls out new rules designed to make political institutions transparent.
Attorney-General and Minister for Electoral Reforms Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the move was in line with procedures in other countries and voters had a right to know who they were voting for.
"We hope to have this in place in the next few weeks because it is important vis-a-vis the constituent assembly," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"We need to iron out that part of the process fairly early and we need to look at international standards and donations to political parties. Like in Canada, for example, does not allow donations to political parties up to a particular amount," he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also alluded to a register for donations to political parties that would give potential supporters to see where campaign funds originated from.
"In many countries you need to have a register. This is important because it feeds into things like corruption. If somebody comes along with a big cheque and funds a political party's entire campaign and the party wins government or wins seats, then the party in question will be beholden to the person or organisation funding the activities of the party.
"As has been seen in many other jurisdictions, big donors get special favours so in this regard, people will need to know who are financially supporting political parties in the same way that they need to know the assets and liabilities of political parties and office bearers because it does have an impact in terms of those office bearers may get elected," he said.