Kenya’s parliament to review election laws

The parliament in Kenya is to revise the country’s election laws ahead of the October 26 re-run presidential election following the nullification of the August 8 poll won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Kenyan Parliament on Wednesday passed a motion to allow for the amendments to the country’s Elections Act, according to Business Daily.

The motion was introduced by the ruling Jubilee Party to enable the lawmaking chamber sit on it on Thursday.

Key among the proposals being made through the motion is to have the counting and transmission of election results carried out manually and should be considered the primary mode of conducting elections.

That will mean that electronic system as was used during the previous election would be a complementary arrangement and not primary.

National Assembly passed the motion for these changes to be discussed despite resistance from opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs.

Nasa MPs argued that any changes to the elections law ahead of the October 26 election would compromise its credibility.

Kenya’s Supreme Court on September 1 annulled the results of the presidential election results citing irregularities and violation of the constitution by the electoral commission.

By a majority decision, it ordered fresh elections within 60 days. The electoral commission first scheduled the re-run poll on October 17 but had to push it further to October 26 to correct its management procedure for an improved electoral process.

President Uhuru Kenyatta would be challenged by his political opponent, the opposition Nasa leader, Raila Odinga.




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