The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has issued a new directive on how many political parties are allowed to spend during the 2022 general polls campaigns.
The IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati in a Gazette Notice dated Monday 9 August gave a maximum figure of Ksh17.7 billion to be used by the political parties during the electioneering period.
According to the new regulation regarding the budget, a maximum of Ksh11.8 billion should be spent on transport while a maximum of Ksh1.8 billion should be spent on advertising and media.
The regulations further noted that at most Ksh1.5 billion should be spent on elections agents, Ksh945 million should be used for administrative services and Ksh780 million should be used on publicity materials.
Ksh 274 million was allocated for political meetings and campaign venues while campaign personnel spending has been limited at Ksh243 million for the electioneering period.
The election body chairman Chebukati noted that an individual donor is only allowed to donate 20 percent of a party’s entire spending which is capped at Ksh 3.5 billion.
“Failure to adhere to the capped limits, Individuals found liable of exceeding the set budget are prone to a fine not exceeding Ksh 2 million or a jail term not exceeding five years or both,” he noted.
This crops up at a time leaders are expressing interest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 General Election scheduled for next year 9 August.