KENYAN LEADER TO CONSIDER ELECTION AMENDMENT BEFORE SIGNING BILL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, confirmed that, he had received the controversial election amendment bill from Parliament, saying he will consider before signing it into law.

Kenyatta said, he has two weeks to consider the amendment to the country’s electoral law, which was passed by Parliament on Wednesday, amid strong criticism.

“It is my duty to consider it, and then sign it,” the president told a meeting with the disable people in Nairobi.

The proposed changes to the electoral laws by the ruling party has created a political rift among Kenyans ahead of the repeat polls. Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from the repeat presidential race on Tuesday, have accused the amendments of being a rigging plot.

The proposed amendments state that, the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) chairperson may declare a candidate elected as president, before all the constituencies have transmitted their results.

The amendment to the Elections Act also compels the electoral commission to develop a complementary back-up system, other than the electronic system that was previously provided for, as the only constitutional mode to transmit the results.

National Assembly and Senate majority leaders, Aden Duale and Kipchumba Murkomen, told the same meeting that it was in the interest of the Kenyan people that the president takes the time to apply his mind, before signing the Bill into law.

The election law’s changes were ordered by the Supreme Court, which identified a lacuna it said, needed to be filled, when it annulled the Aug 8 elections, citing irregularities.

But many Kenyans have questioned the timing of such amendments, especially when the country is in the electioneering period, saying, it increased political tension and undermined public perceptions of the integrity of the electoral process.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK