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News Mudavadi Rejects IEBC Campaign Spending Limit for 2022 Elections

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News Mudavadi Rejects IEBC Campaign Spending Limit for 2022 Elections

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ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has faulted IEBC over campaign spending limits for the 2022 general elections.

Mudavadi, who is eyeing the presidency, termed the limits announced by the electoral commission on Monday as outrageous and urged parliament to review the same.

He accused IEBC of unilaterally releasing the figures without consulting various stakeholders, adding that the regulations must be inclusive and accommodative.

“One may need to look at those figures because when you look at the young and upcoming politicians and you indicate figures of that nature are required to win a constituency or are required to win a Senate seat or a Woman’s Representative seat, you are scaring away many young politicians,” Mudavadi said on Tuesday.

“It is something I will call on Parliament to look at and review so that we do not make politics of elective office in this country a preserve of those who have money only because money alone does not make a leader, it requires better thought.”


IEBC announced campaign spending limits for all six elective seats through a gazette notice on Monday. The commission capped spending for a presidential campaign at Sh4.4 billion while political parties will be allowed to spend a maximum of Sh17.7 billion.

The newly published regulations on campaign expenditure in next year’s elections are aimed at ensuring a fair playing field for political contests.

Spending limits for candidates seeking the gubernatorial, senatorial, and woman representative positions were considered on a county-by-county basis, with Turkana County having the highest spending limit at Sh123 million followed by Nairobi (Sh117 million), and Marsabit (Sh114 million).

Lamu County has the lowest spending limit at Sh21 million followed by Tharaka Nithi (Sh23 million), and Elgeyo Marakwet (Sh25 million).

Aspirants exceeding the spending limits will be liable to a Sh2 million fine, a jail sentence not exceeding five years, or both.

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