- The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has capped spending on presidential elections in next year’s general elections at Sh4.4 billion.
- This means that no political party can spend more than this amount during campaigns to popularize its presidential candidate with voters.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has capped spending on presidential elections in next year’s general elections at Sh4.4 billion.
This means that no political party can spend more than this amount during campaigns to popularize its presidential candidate with voters.
In a bulletin notice dated August 9, 2021 signed by IEBC president Wafula Chebukati, the agency also details contribution limits and penalties that a candidate and political parties may incur for violating the rule.
Those found guilty of violating the new spending rules are subject to a fine not to exceed Sh2 million or a prison term not to exceed five years or both.
“The IEBC advises and publishes contributions and spending limits, including the total amount that a candidate or political party can receive and spend during the spending period. These are provided in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth programs, where it establishes limits for the presidential candidates, the county and the electoral districts, ”reads part of the notice.
Candidates vying for the office of Turkana governor, senator, and female representatives are capped at the highest spending at approximately Sh123 million, followed by Marsabit and Nairobi with Sh114 million and 117 million respectively.
Lamu County’s campaign spending for the post of governor is capped at a minimum of 21 million shillings, followed by Tharaka Nithi at 23 million shillings, while the candidates of Elgeyo Marakwet and Vihiga can spend around 25 million shillings. each.
Those vying for the post of Mombasa County governor can spend a maximum of approximately Sh39 million.
For the National Assembly elections, the candidates competing for the deputy seat in North Horr have the highest spending ceiling at 94 million shillings, followed by the Wajir constituency at 64 million shillings.
Candidates running for the seat of the Rabai MP will not be able to spend more than 12 million shillings on their campaigns.
IEBC has warned that candidates or political parties who exceed the prescribed spending limits and do not report to the Commission will have committed an open.