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Election finance laws favour incumbents, say parties

"We smell mischief in this because there are civil servants who are yet to resign by February and still have to comply with this new law meaning they will be locked out of the elections," said Mr Wambua.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comThursday, 08 Dec 2016 10:19 EAT

Political Party Liaison Committee (PPLC) meeting at Maanzoni. (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/Kenya Free Press).

Political Parties are unhappy with the new election laws, and have called on Parliament to reconvene and amend the Election Campaigns and Finance Act. Representatives of political parties who addressed the media at Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County claimed the new law was a scheme by sitting MPs to lock out their opponents in next year's general elections.

The new law requires all candidates to have campaign financing accounts and establish campaign financing expenditure committees, including authorised persons to manage the funds. PPLC chairman Philip Obonyo said there was inadequate information on the part all stakeholders, and questioned the wisdom behind rushing of the legislation. He therefore asked the Parliament to reconvene and address the anomalies in the law. "There will be no need for elections for the sitting MPs alone if the other aspirants are locked out," said Mr Obonyo.

KANU organizing chairperson Bafadhil Abdulraham said this was unfair play by the sitting MPs as most of them had these accounts. "If they could pass into law that MCAs do not need diplomas they can also amend this law for the sake of 40 million Kenyans," he said.

The national chairperson of the Party of Independent Candidates of Kenya (PICK), Mr Julius Wambua, said political parties had the privilege of engaging the IEBC on this but the public had no idea of the contentious issues in the Act since the public was not well informed. "We smell mischief in this because there are civil servants who are yet to resign by February and still have to comply with this new law meaning they will be locked out of the elections," said Mr Wambua.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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