The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) has limited 2022 Presidential campaign expenditure to KSh 4.4 Billion.
In a gazette notice on Monday, August 9, the Commission announced that no 2022 Presidential candidate should spend more than KSh 4.4 Billion.
The expenditure of the 2022 Presidential campaign shows the money set to be used by the candidates in activities such as the hiring of venues, publicity materials, advertising and media, campaign personnel, campaign agents, and election agents.
The KSh 4.4 billion is also set to cater for the cost of transportation, administrative costs, communication, candidate expenses, mobilization, security, and accommodation.
In the gazette notice issued on Monday, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati stipulates that the highest spending will be in Turkana County at KSh123 million.
While the lowest spending will be in Lamu County at KSh21.1 million.
The limits given by IEBC aims at setting campaign funding limits for candidates in the 2022 General Election.
Speaking to journalists in Mombasa, Wafula Chebukati shared that the IEBC itself will be using approximately KSh 40.9 billion to conduct the August 9, 2022 polls.
“The KSh40.9 billion budget requirement is the bare minimum as per the electoral activities in the election operation plan which are governed by the existing Laval framework,” Chebukati stated
These budgets comes amid heated debate on whether to postpone the 2022 General Election or not.
Even after the commission declared August 9, 2022 as the date for elections, proponents of the BBI are of the idea that the date is prone to change.
One staunch defender of the BBI, Francis Atwoli argues that the need for a referendum surpasses the constitutional requirement on when to hold the General Election.
However, Wafula Chebukati has silenced the Atwoli-led team, assuring Kenyans that the polls will be held on August 9, 2022.
“I have seen reports of plans to delay the general elections. IEBC for a fact does not react to opinions from organizations or individuals,” he said.