NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has extended the deadline for aspirants to submit forms for Election Campaign Financing.
Communications Manager Andrew Limo stated that the commission 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.
In a statement, he 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.