Morocco’s Court of Auditors has reported on the 2016 parliamentary election expenses and called on 18 parties to return MAD 5.77 million to the treasury.
Rabat- The report, according to the Court of Auditors, examines “supporting documents of the amounts received by the political parties for the participation of the state in the financing of their electoral campaigns,” and the “declarations relating to the costs incurred by the representatives of the lists of candidates in the course of their electoral campaigns.”
The report shows that out of the 29 political parties that received government funding for their campaigns, only 20 parties reported their campaign accounts within the set deadlines.
Several parties, including the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and the United Socialist Party (PSU), filed their campaign accounts after the deadline.
The government spent MAD 250 million in the 2016 electoral campaign for the House of Representatives. However, some of the funding was unaccounted for. The political parties received 99.6 percent of the amount allocated for their campaigns.
According to the Court of Auditors, political parties declared MAD 287 million in total costs. However, eight parties accounted for 89.5 percent of all parties’ total declared costs.
The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) spent 26.2 percent of the budget, while the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) spent 24.8 percent, RNI spent 7.8 percent, and the Istiqlal party spent 8.8 percent.
Other parties spent less than 7 percent of all parties’ costs: the Socialist Union of Popular Forces Party spent 6.4 percent, the Popular Movement party spent 5.5 percent, the Constitutional Union party spent 5.2 percent, and the Progress and Socialism party spent 4.7 percent.
The Court of Auditor, chaired by Driss Jettou, added that it received no documentary evidence to justify MAD 9.17 million in expenses, or 3.2 percent of the total amount of the declared cost.
Subsequently, the court called on 18 parties to return over MAD 5.77 million to the national treasury.