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Political Parties Finance Act
Cap 2:11 Act No 4/2001
February 04, 2002

Contents

PART I

Preliminary

1. Short title
2. Interpretation

 

1 Short title   TOP

This Act may be cited as the Political Parties (Finance) Act [Chapter 2:11].

2 Interpretation   TOP

In this Act— "by-election" means an election for the purpose of filling a casual vacancy in the membership of Parliament or a local authority;

[Definition amended by s. 4(a)(i) of the General Laws Amendment Act, 2002, by the insertion of the words "or a local authority", with effect from 4th February 2002.]

"candidate" means a person nominated for election to the office of President or to Parliament or a local authority, whether standing as a member of a political party or as an independent;

[Definition amended by s. 4(a)(ii) of the General Laws Amendment Act, 2002, by the insertion of the words "or a local authority", with effect from 4th February 2002.]

"donation", in relation to—

(a) a political party or candidate, means any gift of money or property, subscription or affiliation fees, and money spent otherwise than by a political party or candidate to meet any expenses incurred by the party or candidate, and includes a loan, property or service provided to a political party or candidate otherwise than on commercial terms or below market valuation;

(b) a member of a political party, means any donation described in paragraph (a) which is made for the purpose of securing the election of that member to any office in or for any purpose connected with the activities of that political party;

[Definition amended in paragraph (b) by s. 4(a)(iii) of the General Laws Amendment Act, 2002, by the insertion of the word "in" in "office in or", with effect from 4th February 2002.]

"elected member of Parliament" means a member of Parliament referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 38 of the Constitution;

[Definition amended by s. 4(a)(iv) of the General Laws Amendment Act, 2002, by the insertion of the words "paragraph (a) of", with effect from 4th February 2002.]

"foreign donation"’ means a donation other than a local donation;

"general election" means a, general election of members of Parliament held in terms of section 58 of the Constitution:

"local donation"
means a donation by—
(a) a permanent resident or citizen of Zimbabwe domiciled in Zimbabwe; or (b) a company incorporated in Zimbabwe which carries on business in Zimbabwe; or (c) any association of persons, whether incorporated or unincorporated, consisting exclusively of permanent residents or citizens of Zimbabwe, domiciled in Zimbabwe;

"Minister" means the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs or any other Minister to whom the President may from time to time assign the administration of this Act;

"Parliamentary year"
means the period beginning on the day after the last polling day of the most recent general election and ending on the anniversary of that polling day; or, in any year in which Parliament is dissolved, ending on the date of such dissolution;

"political party"
means an association of persons the primary object of which is to secure the election of one or more of its members to a local authority or Parliament.

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