The Political Party Registration and Finance Bill was passed on October 14, 2014 to treat with the registration, regulation and financing of political parties. Prior to the passage of the Political Party Registration bill, there was no requirement for political parties in Jamaica to be registered, or for their financial arrangements to be regulated.
The passage of the bill on the registration and financing of political parties means that all political parties intending to contest the polls in elections and referenda, must be registered with the Electoral Commission. It also means that political parties that meet the criteria for state funding must have their finances monitored and regulated by the Commission. Therefore, the ECJ is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the legislation relating to political party finance and registration and campaign financing. The office of the Registrar of Political Parties (which will be a part of a unit monitoring campaign financing) is being set up in order to effectively manage these responsibilities.