Most of the political parties have not shown expenses for utilities and communication services, as well as expenses for transportation and transportation services, a report by “Transparency Macedonia” reported, who supervise the spending of budgets and political parties during the campaign and election process.
“Eight political parties have not shown their expenses for utilities and heating, and the same parties (the coalition of VMRO-DPMNE, DUI, the coalition VMRO for Macedonia, Alliance for Albanians, PDP, LP, DPA) have not shown expenses for communication services, which actually costs a lot of money. Also, many of the parties have not shown expenditure on transport and transport services, and they stay in hotels while they hold rallies in other cities”, said the President of “Transparency Macedonia”, Sladjana Taseva.
What is noticeable from the financial reports which parties submitted to the institutions on their expenditures, is that SDSM’s financial reports match their donations from their members down to the denar, while with VMRO-DPMNE one has to really look what they’re covering up, meaning their expenditures were six times greater than their revenue.
“What we can not determined for sure is how much money is being spent on advertising online because it is not paid from the election account, but by card. Some of the parties have shown only 10.000 denars spent on advertising on websites, which does not coincide with the price lists of those media outlets. However they have already been submitted to the SEC that amount, but realistically, the amount is small”, says Taseva.
According to her, party funding should be separate from the campaign funding because it is about coalitions and often, funds from political parties overflow into campaign funding.