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IEBC plans to control politicians’ campaign funds

30 April 2015, 10:25 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said it is in the process of developing regulations to determine how much money politicians will spend on campaigns.

According to the commission, the regulations are meant to operationalize and address gaps in the Elections Campaign Financing Act, 2013.

The first draft regulations were discussed at a one-day workshop for IEBC staff held in Nairobi on 28 April.

"This is part of the IEBC’s wider legal reform agenda geared towards improving the electoral process in Kenya," IEBC Deputy Commission Secretary of Operations, Betty Sungura said while officially opening the workshop.

The Elections Campaign Financing Act, 2013 empowers IEBC to make rules for purposes of administration of the Act and to regulate management expenditure and accountability of election campaign funds during election and referendum campaigns and for connected purposes.

Also read: IEBC to control campaign funds

“IEBC is initiating the legal reforms early to avoid inconveniences due to late amendments to electoral laws as was witnessed in the run-up to the March 4, 2013 General Elections,” the commission said in a statement.

Part of the issues that the regulations seek to address includes the spending limit for candidates, political parties or referendum committees during the election period.

The regulations will also provide guidelines on campaign financing donations, expenditure, reporting and disclosure as well as disputes resolution mechanisms.

According to the commission, it will further subject the draft regulations to extensive public participation including getting input from engagements with key stakeholders such as political parties and the civil society.

The final draft of the regulations will be laid before the National Assembly for approval before they are published in the Gazette. 

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