The Star (Nairobi)

30 January 2013

Kenya: Iebc to Bag U.S.$570,775 in Nomination Fees

The electoral commission will pocket at least Sh50 million in nomination fees. Provisional party nomination lists indicate there are eight presidential aspirants, seven of whom are male.

The presidential candidates are Peter Kenneth, James ole Kiyiapi, Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Mohammed Abduba Dida, Paul Muite and Martha Karua.

Male presidential aspirants pay Sh200,000 each as nomination fees while their female counterparts, the disabled and the youth will pay Sh100,000. Therefore, from the presidential aspirants, IEBC will get Sh1.5 million.

Last October, MPs amended the elections regulations, slashing down the nomination fees for male and female contestants to Sh200,000 and Sh100,000 respectively from the Sh1 million and Sh500,000.

The commission started its nominations esterday and will end on February 1. Presidential aspirants are submitting their nomination documents to IEBC at the KICC in Nairobi while governor and senator aspirants will do so at the commission's county offices.

About 153 candidatesare battling for 47 governor seats, according to the provisional nomination lists. Male governor and senator hopefuls are required to pay Sh50,000 while their female counterparts will pay Sh25,000. The IEBC is likely to pocket Sh7.5 million from governor aspirants an almost an equal amount from senator hopefuls.

The 290-seat Parliament has attracted 1295 aspirants. The male contestants will each pay Sh20,000 while females, youth, the disabled and wome's representatives will pay Sh15,000. The Commission will get about Sh22.7 million from those seeking the National Assembly seats.

The total amount the IEBC will earn from the nominations is about Sh40million, excluding the revenue generated from the more than 5000 county representative aspirants who are each paying Sh2,500.

IEBC created 80 new constituencies and 1,450 county assembly wards which will be represented by MPs and county representatives respectively.

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