MPs reject campaign finance limit proposed by IEBC
Members of the delegated legislation Committee in the National Assembly have unanimously rejected the regulations on campaign financing limits gazetted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Led by vice chair Charles Njagagua, the MPs claimed IEBC wanted to paint parliament in bad light for failing to pass the regulations.
“It’s clear that these regulations should be there at least one year to elections, you can’t present them in the last minute, and even gazette some without parliament approval, they really want to paint us in bad light, they are null and void,” Njagagua said.
MPs claimed IEBC had failed in its obligations, as it did not submit the regulations within the required timelines as the Election Campaign Financing Act, 2013 requires they be in place one year to the election.
Although Speaker Justin Muturi said the House cannot be blamed should the regulation be rejected, he allowed the Delegated Legislation Committee to consider them and ensure that public participation is conducted before they table their final report.
“It is not good practice for the Speaker to withdraw business referred to the House. That is why I would want the committee to make a decision one way or another,” Muturi said yesterday.
He added: “It is also not fair for anybody to suggest that this House has sat on any regulations.
"Should anybody feel the need to shorten the time for consideration of the regulation, they can approach the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to kick start the process.”