Former IMF Economist Dr Thomson Fountain says in the absence of campaign financial reform, elections are heavily tilted in the direction of incumbent Political Party
Dominican Economist, Dr. Thomson Fountaine has said that our elections are something that is supposed to be sacred, and being able to guard your democracy against corruption and outside influence is so critical, that it is necessary to constantly talk about it.
He spoke on the Q95 program ‘Global view on Q’ last night hosted by Sheridan Gregoire (Mr. G), where he shared the view that ‘In the absence of campaign financial reform; elections are heavily favored towards the incumbent political’.
Mr. Fountaine referred to the alleged unfairness as a very serious problem that needs to be addressed.
Meantime, Fontaine is of the view that campaign finance reform goes to the very heart of democracy, and the sacredness of having a democratic system becomes useless, if it can be manipulated.
He is of the view that implementing laws that can place limits on spending and increase transparency and accountability are vitally important, to preserve the electoral system and democracy itself.
Dr. Fontaine also laments the Governments apparent advantage over the opposition, in terms of its willingness to use state resources for political party campaigning.
He believes restrictions should be placed against such occurrences.
Dominican Economist, Dr. Thomson Fontaine
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