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Pope calls for election campaigns free of backers - update 2

Francis says candidates should be put promises into practice

Pope calls for election campaigns free of backers - update 2

Rome, March 10 - Pope Francis has called for greater transparency in politics and said elections should be free from backers who fund campaigns in order to prevent policy being influenced by wealthy sponsors. "We must achieve a free sort of election campaign, not financed," Francis said in an interview published by a Buenos Aires magazine, La Carcova News. "Because many interests come into play in the financing of an election campaign and then they ask you to pay back. So the election campaign should be independent from anyone who may finance it". The Argentine pontiff added in the interview given on February 7 at the Vatican to a parish priest and friend that candidates for public office must be honest and put into practice their election promises. "A candidate must present himself to society with a clear, well thought-out election platform," Francis said. "They should say if I get elected an MP, or mayor, or governor, I'll do this because I think this and that's what should be done. "They should be honest in presenting their position".

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