The Civil society has hit out at Members of Parliament after threatening to shoot down tought regulations by the electoral commission that seek to curb away election campaigns multi-practices.
On Wednesday, the lawmakers appeared rattled by the decision of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to issue a gazette notice spelling the maximum amount to be spend by the individual seeking elective post.
The lawmakers further quashed the campaign rules, saying they should have been approved 12 months to the August 9, 2022 General Election.
At the same time MPs Said IEBC failed to attach the regulation in the first communication to parliament on July 27.
Responding to the legislators,the Civil society comprising of Transparency International, Centre for Multi-party Democracy, ELOG, FIDAK, Mzalendo Trust and CRECO among others hit out that uncontrolled spending will continue to disfranchise voters and candidates in the electoral processes.
“The result is that leadership position risk being the preserve of a few elite club members at the exclusion of majority of Kenyans. Huge spenders of money during election campaigns tend to engage in corrupt practices in order to recover back their campaign monies and deprive voters effective and efficient service delivery during post-election periods,” they said.
The group defended the electrol agency efforts that sought candidates open account for their campaign that will reveal their funding sources in an effort to ward off the use illicit cash urging the legislators to adopt them as prescribed within the law.
“We urge the National Assembly to adopt the spending limits as gazetted by the IEBC. In the alternate, let the National Assembly give any feedback they might have for consideration by the commission on these limits.”