What the proposed election law amendment says

* Eliminates the need for parties with less than 10,000 members to submit petition lists to contest elections, which now, apart from the signatures of citizens who support the party, must also carry their ID numbers. The ID number will no longer be required.
* Shortens election campaign from 30 to 21 days before elections.
* Allows not only public but also private electronic media to carry political advertising, giving each party 30 minutes of total broadcast time in each individual medium. Parties will be responsible for the content of their ads. The media must clearly mark the advertising as separate from other programmes and give equal ad rates to all parties.

* Eliminates the need for parties with less than 10,000 members to submit petition lists to contest elections, which now, apart from the signatures of citizens who support the party, must also carry their ID numbers. The ID number will no longer be required.

* Shortens election campaign from 30 to 21 days before elections.

* Allows not only public but also private electronic media to carry political advertising, giving each party 30 minutes of total broadcast time in each individual medium. Parties will be responsible for the content of their ads. The media must clearly mark the advertising as separate from other programmes and give equal ad rates to all parties.

* Regular news reports, provided they are balanced and non-partisan, shall not be considered political campaigning.

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