The allocation of the Political Parties Fund, as announced by the Registrar of Political Parties on November 4, 2022, has been temporarily halted by orders from the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal.
The United Democratic Alliance Party of President William Ruto rejected the most recent allocation and demanded an additional Ksh. 115 million before the disputes tribunal took action.
According to UDA, the allocation process utilized by the Registrar of Political Parties had a negative impact on it.
More than 50 political parties that took part in the election are eligible for the Political Parties Fund as a result of changes made to the Political Parties Act in the run-up to the August 9 election.
UDA is now objecting to the allocation of cash to different political parties, which was made a week ago by the registrar of political parties.
UDA objects to a letter from the registrar allocating it Ksh. 577.1 million for the financial year 2022/2023 in a dispute before the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal, claiming that no details of computation were provided to explain how the aforementioned amount was calculated.
UDA claims that the Registrar failed to use unopposed votes for the Kericho County Woman Representative seat and the Eldama Ravine ward seat, failed to disclose the formula used, failed to disclose the number of qualifying votes used to arrive at the figure, and also miscalculated the total number of votes received by UDA.
UDA claims that as a result, it lost out on more than Ksh. 115 million in compensation that was its due.
The President’s party wants the Registrar to be forced to provide the party the money that is due.
The Orange Democratic Movement of Raila Odinga received Ksh. 308 million, the Jubilee Party of former president Uhuru Kenyatta received Ksh. 135 million, and the Wiper Party of Kalonzo Musyoka received Ksh. 72 million, according to the ORPP.
According to the law, each political party receives 70 percent of the fund based on the total number of votes they received in the general election that came before it.
Based on the number of candidates from special interest groups elected in the previous general election, political parties receive 15% of the fund, while 10% of the fund is distributed based on the total number of representatives from the political party elected in the previous general election.
At the ORPP, administrative costs are budgeted for at 5%.
Moses Wetangula, the National Assembly’s speaker, reports that UDA has 145 MPs, ODM has 86, Jubilee has 28, and Wiper has 26.
With at least 32 of the 67 senators, UDA has the most representatives in the Senate.