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IEBC sets limits on 2017 election campaign financing

By Fredrick Obura | August 11th 2016

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Thursday announced limits to contribution and spending by political parties and candidates in next year general election.

In the new guidelines, the body capped expenditure by any political party in the 2017 poll at Sh15 billion and allowed presidential candidates to spend Sh 5.2 billion in the race to State House.

Governor, Senators and Women representatives for the Nairobi seat are allowed to spend over 400 million while aspirants for similar seats in Lamu will only spend over 13 million.

Members of National and County Assemblies are allowed to spend Sh33 million and Sh10 million on the higher side respectively and Sh 2 million and Sh 66 000 on the lower side respectively.

In a communication to Newsrooms, the poll body said it was guided by the political, sociological and environmental framework in determining the limits. It also looked at the comparative experiences and all relevant laws. 

“The limits were arrived at after extensive consultations with stakeholders including political parties, civil society, state agencies and the media. The Commission therefore purposed to set the limits at a fairly permissive level to encourage conformity by candidates and political parties,” said Andrew Limo,Manager, Communication and Public Affairs.

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