IEBC restricts campaign expenditure for parties, candidates

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By Samson Kitavi

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission -IEBC has set limits to contributions and spending by political parties and candidates for the 2017 general elections.

According to the regulations, political parties will be required to spend no more than 15 billion shillings, while Presidential candidate spending is limited to 5.3 billion shillings.

The capping begins in February 2017 as countdown to the next general election kick off.

The countdown to the 2017 general election has kicked off in earnest, with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC releasing campaign spending limits for political parties and candidates.

The new regulations that covers the campaign period between February and August 2017, has capped political Party spending to 15 billion shillings.

Persons planning to sponsor any political party will now be required to contribute not more than 3 billion shillings. During the 2013 presidential campaigns, Kenyans were treated with ground and air spectacles as candidates tried to outdo each other with flashy choppers.

Presidential candidates will now spend 5.2 billion shillings as the highest limit. Aspirants eyeing Governorship, Senator and County Woman Representative in Nairobi have leeway to spend more in campaigns at slightly over 430 million shillings.

The same aspirants in Lamu will spend the least amount at 13 million shillings. Those seeking the National assembly seat in Mandera south constituency have a lee way of spending as much as 33 million shillings while Lamu East constituency has the lowest spending of 2.3 million shillings.

According to the regulations, any political party or candidate doing the contrary will be liable to a fine not exceeding two million shillings or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.

 

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