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Section 4.8. Section 4.8. The general elections take place during the first week in May with the rules for campaign expenditure for parliamentary candidates being set by law.
Section 4.8. consideration should be given to incorporating some guiding principles upon which electoral law must be based, including campaign funding being fixed sums provided only by the state. However it is dealt with in this constitution or in subsequent legislation it must be aimed at effective prohibition of "dark money" influencing politics in Scotland. Existing UK electoral law and regulation is too weak and ineffective as is evidenced by the Brexit and anti-Brexit campaigns, especially the former as well as the Tory Party 2019 election campaign.
Section 4.8. Campaign expenditure being a massive issue able to heavily influence the shape of a government, suggest that these are not driven by expenditure but by campaign processes. Keeping the focus on democratising processes that all standing have an equality of access to rather than a 'campaign expenditure' model is more likely to meet the need to ensure people of Scotland rather than other vested interests. A lot of work needs to be done into this to ensure resilience robustness and protection of Scotland's democratic processes.
Section 4.8. Under section 4.14 a new general election is held if a First Minister is not elected in thirty days, so section 4.8 shouldn't specify a week in which a general election takes place or section 4.8 needs re-drafted to make that election an extraordinary one. I think campaign expenditure is a separate (and important) topic from the date of the election and should be in a different section.
Section 4.8. The general elections take place on a Sunday during the first week in May ...
Section 4.8. ‘First week in May’ does not need to be mentioned. 'Elections to be held within thirty days following dissolution' would suffice. Otherwise, it could give rise to discussions that the rules for campaign expenditure were not applicable if the elections were not in May, such as after a premature dissolution.