KENYA: SENATE APPROVES AMENDMENTS TO ELECTIONS LAW

Jubilee Coalition Senators once again put up a spirited fight to ensure they carried the day as the Senate adopted amendments to the election laws including one that undermined its own authority in over-sighting the operations of the counties.

The Senators failed to delete Clause 32 from the Bill which was sponsored by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior because it undermines the role of the Senate.

When the matter was put to vote, 10 Senators voted in support while 20 others voted against it.

This means the Elections (Amendment) Laws Bill has been passed with no amendments and will now be transmitted back to the National Assembly and for onward transmission to the President for assent.

Twenty six Senators voted in support of the Amendment Bill while 10 Senators voted against the Bill in the Special Sitting which adjourned at 11.45pm.

Senators had earlier clearly shown their division in the debate on the contentious Electoral (Amendment) Laws Bill in the ongoing session characterized by emotions and tempers across the political divide.

Siaya Senator James Orengo who co-chaired the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on the IEBC Reforms pleaded with the Senators for close to 10 minutes against approving the Bill which, he insisted, was unconstitutional.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK