With exactly a year to the 2022 General Election, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set a limit for campaign spending limit for aspirants and political parties seeking elective seats at the county level during the electioneering period.
In a gazette notice dated Tuesday, August 9, the IEBC urged all political aspirants to eye any of the six elective seats to adhere to the rules stipulated in the Election Campaign Financing Act.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 88 (4) (i) of the Constitution of Kenya section 4 (i) of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Act 2011 and sections 12 18 and 19 of the Election Campaign Finance Act 2013, the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission gives notice and publishes the contributions and spending limit, including the total amount that a candidate or a political party may receive and spent during the expenditure period,” read the notice in part.
While insisting that the 2022 General Elections shall be held as planned, the poll agency said the cash should help aspirants to organize venues for campaigns, source public material for the campaign, advertisement as well as transport in respect of campaign activities, and any other justifiable expenses including but not limited to communication, nomination fees, security, and accommodation.
The campaign spending limit requires that all political aspirants spent their campaign funds six months prior to the General Election where the expenditure period shall lapse 14 days after the declaration of the results.
Those who will be seeking to be elected as either County Governors, Woman Representative, Members of National Assembly, and Senate are required to spend not more than what is stipulated in the guide below depending on the county of residence.
- Turkana county with a population of 926,976 has the campaign limit set at KSh 123, 080,609 each for gubernatorial, senate and woman rep seats.
- Nairobi county has its campaign limit for the three seats set at KSh 117,320,646 with its 4,397,073 population.
- Marsabit has its campaign set at KSh 114,798,911 with a population of 459,785.
- With a population of 781,263, Wajir county has its campaign limit set at KSh 103,752,207.
- Garissa emerged top five with its campaign limit set at KSh 88, 714,905 having a population of 841,353.
- Kitui county was listed position six with a camapign limit of KSh 77,811,274 with a population of 1, 136,187.
- On the other hand, Nakuru county which has a population of 2,162,202 has ita campaign limit set at KSh 71,285,226 for the three seats.
- Kiambu county with a population f 2, 417,735 has the campaign limit set at KSh 71, 932,661 whereas Tana River county has its campaign limit set at KSh 68,457,728
- Kajiado county was listed position 10 with a campaign limit set at KSh 66,038,688 while Mandera county followed closely with a campaign limit set at KSh 65, 379,591 for its 867,457 population.
- Kilifi has its campaign limit for the three seats at KSh 61,910,353 with its 1,453,787 population.
- Narok with a population of 1,157,873 has its campaign limit set at KSh 61,776,224.
- Kakamega and Meru has their campaign limit set at KSh 59,266,153 and KSh 56,649,303 with a population f 1,867,579 and 1,545,724 respectively.
- On the other side, Bungoma had its campaign limit set at KSh54,524,589 with a population of 1,670,570.
- With a population f 1,421,932, Machakos has its camaign limit set at KSh 52,703,027 for the three seat.
- Isiolo and Samburu has their campaign limit set at KSh 50,032,640 and KSh 45,369,536 with a population of 268,002 and 310,327 respectively.
- Makueni county had its campaign limit set at KSh 44,580,903 with its 987,653 population.
- Kisii with a population of 1,266,860 has the campaign limit set at KSh 42,008,399 while Kwale had its limit set at KSh 42,709,784 with its 866,820 population for the three seats.
- With a population of 1,131,950, Homa Bay county had its campaign limit set at KSh 41,709,784.
- Taita Taveta has its campaign limit set at KSh 40,8912,511 with a population of 340,671.
- Kisumuhas its campaign limit set at KSh 40,834,757 with a population of 1,155,574 for the thress seats.
- The camapign limit for Baringo and Migori was Ksh 40,792,575 and KSh 40, 561,294 with apopulation of 666,763 and 1, 116,436 respectively.
- Mombasa had its campaign limit set at KSh 39,648,833 with a population of 1,208,333.
- With a population of 1,056,640 Murang’a county hd its campaign limit set at KSh 39,067,773 while Siaya had its limit set at KSh 37,496,341 with a population of 993,183.
- Trans-Nzoia had its limit set at KSh 37,382,863 with a population of 990,341.
- While West Pokot had its campaign limit set at KSh 37,259, 721 for a population f 621,241, Nandi with a population of885,711 had its limit set at KSh 35,366,229.
- With a populatin f 518,560 Laikipia has its campaign limit set at KSh 35, 164,970 for the three seats.
- Bomet hed its campaign limit set at KSh 35,002,829 fr its 875,689 population.
- Kericho with a population of 901,777 had its campaign limit set at KSh 34, 797,557 whereas Busia has its limit set at KSh 33, 991,725 for its 893,289 population.
- Nyeri county had its campaign limit set at KSh 32,905,716 with a population of 759,164 whereas Nyandarua has its limit set at KSh 29,863,952 with its 638, 289 population.
- For the three seats, Embu had its campaign limit set at KSh 28,583,825 with its 608,599 population while Kiringaga had its limit set at KSh 26,862,840 with its 610, 411 populatin.
- With its 605,576 population, Nyamira campaign limit was set at KSh 25,981,595 whereas Vihiga county campaign limit for the three seats was set at KSh 25,164,050 with its 590,013 population.
- Elgeyo Marakwet County has its campaign limit for the three seats at KSh 25, 139,503 with its 453,480 population.
- Tharaka Nithi with a population of 393,177 has its campaign limit set at Ksh 23,143,009.
- Lamu was the least with a campaign limit set at KSh 21, 910,122 with its 143,920 population.
These according to the poll agency will “preventing dirty money obtained through corruption or organized crime from infiltrating the political system and thereby influencing public decision making.”