"The way an electoral commission is funded may…affect its independent status. Where funds are provided through any special or block vote in the Ministry responsible for electoral matters, valuable time may have to be spent negotiating the budget with that Ministry, or the Ministry of Finance, as the case may be. It is believed that the budget for an electoral commission should be voted directly by Parliament."
Commonwealth Secretariat: Dimensions of Free and Fair Elections: Frameworks, Integrity, Transparency, Attributes, Monitoring, p.40