Political parties fault IEBC on campaigns financing

By George Kithuka

Political parties have faulted proposals by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on election campaigns financing.

A consultative workshop between political parties and the electoral body in Machakos was disrupted with representatives of political parties maintaining that it was unpractical to control how much a political party or a candidate could use in campaigns.

Losers in political elections have often complained of election malpractices that include buying of votes and voters, a practice those who do not possess financial muscle say compromises their chances.

It is against this backdrop that IEBC in its proposed draft campaigns financing regulation is seeking to cap the amount a political party or a candidate can use in election campaigns. a proposal that appears to have rubbed representatives of political parties the wrong way.

However, IEBC Commissioner Mohammed Alawi says the regulations that ought to be implemented 12 months before the forthcoming general election are aimed at ensuring level playing ground for all parties and candidates and opposition of the same by players especially small parties would do them more harm than good.

Elsewhere, in Kiambu, residents have criticized Governor William Kabogo’s administration over what they say are unfulfilled election pledges. The county administration led by governor Kabogo found itself on the receiving end during the county’s devolution dialogue conference.

And Kisii governor James Ongwae has dismissed the Ethics and anti-corruption commission report that ranked the county among the most corrupt in the country.

Speaking during the annual county devolution dialogue conference, local leaders defended governor Ongwae saying the report was politically motivated.




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