Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set limits on political contributions and spending by political parties and candidates for the 2017 general election.

According to the regulations published here Thursday, political parties will be required to spend no more than 15 billion shillings (about 148 million US dollars) on the elections, while a presidential candidate will be limited to spending not more than 5.3 billion shillings (about52.3 million US dollars).

The cap will take effect from February 2017 when the countdown to the country’s next general election kicks off.

The new contribution and spending limits cover the campaign period between February and August 2017 and any person planning to sponsor any political party will now be limited to contributing not more than 3.0 billion shillings.

During the 2013 presidential election campaign, Kenyans were treated with ground and air spectacles as candidates tried to outdo each other with flashy helicopters.

Presidential candidates will now be able to spend only up to 5.2 billion shillings. Aspirants eyeing Governorship, Senatorship and become a County Woman Representative in Nairobi have leeway to spend more in campaigns at slightly over 430 million shillings.

The same aspirants in Lamu on the south east coast will be limited to the lowest amount at 13 million shillings. Those seeking a National Assembly seat from Mandera South constituency have leeway to spend as much as 33 million shillings while Lamu East constituency has the lowest spending limit of 2.3 million shillings.

According to the regulations, any political party or candidate breaking the rules will be liable to a fine not exceeding two million shillings or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.