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Friday, 09 Dec 2016 20:05 EAT
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission decision to extend the deadline for aspirants to submit forms for Election Campaign Financing by an extra day-today, has not resolved the confusion among the aspirants and dilemma within the electoral body. IEBC appeared in dilemma as its campaign manager Salome Oyugi was earlier quoted saying despite the deadlines, the regulations were yet to be approved by Parliament.
Political parties and aspirants hoping to contest in the 2017 election were expected to submit lists of their campaign fund managers to the commission by December 8, in line with the Election Campaigns Financing Act. But by close of the day on Thursday President Kenyatta in a statement from State House said he had complied with the new rules and urged Jubilee Party aspirants to follow suit.
Opposition leaders Raila Odinga (ODM) and Kalonzo Musyoka had earlier stood ground not to comply with the new regulations. This forced IEBC Communications Manager Andrew Limo to release a statement on Thursday evening announcing that IEBC had opted to extend the deadline by a day owing to the overwhelming number of applicants. “Owing to the high turnout witnessed today by those submitting forms, the Commission advises those still waiting to submit the forms to do so tomorrow, (Friday) at any IEBC office countrywide,” he stated.
The law requires all politicians seeking elective positions in 2017 to appoint committees from where the campaign fund managers will be drawn. Today, Mr Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement urged all its aspirants to submit their forms to IEBC to comply with the extended deadline. “This is to notify all our Wiper aspirants that despite the party’s misgivings with the Election Campaign Financing Act, No 42 of 2013. It is advisable that they comply even as the party explores other avenues of seeking redress”, said Dr Jared Siso, party’s executive director in a brief statement also posted on Social Media.
Mr Limo in a statement, noted that concerns had been raised regarding compliance with the law and said they would be addressed by other institutions. “Political parties and candidates to register their respective authorized persons and submit details of the campaign financing account as per Section 6 of the Act pending approval of the regulations by the National Assembly,” he said.
Earlier, the commission had asked aspirants to download forms on their website and file returns by the end of Friday at their officers. “The Commission shall avail the forms and guidelines for registration at the IEBC website and at IEBC offices across the country. (http://bit.ly/PP-Financing-Guidelines & http://bit.ly/PP-Template-Registration),” Limo stated.
He explained that the Commission had always hoped that the National Assembly would approve the regulations in good time to enable smooth implementation of the statutory provisions regarding campaign financing.
He indicated that upon further review of the Elections Campaign Financing Act, 2013, the Commission arrived at the conclusion that some of the provisions could still be implemented in the absence of regulations. He stated that the Commission is aware of the concerns raised by a section of the public on some of the provisions of the campaign law.
The operationalisation of the regulations is done by filling nine forms containing different information for different groups of campaign teams. In the absence of the regulations, it is unclear what candidates are supposed to do.