KENYAN PRESIDENT ASSENTS TO ELECTION LAW ON BACK-UP VOTING SYSTEM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented to the Elections Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016 which allows a back-up mechanism to The electronic voting system to be used during the next general election scheduled for August this year.

The amendments mean that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissions (IEBC) can now put in place a complementary mechanism for identification of voters and transmission of elections results” if the electronic voting system fails.

A statement issued after the presidential assent said the back-up system must be simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable and transparent to ensure that the IEBC complies with the provisions of Article 38 of the Constitution.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Solicitor-General Njee Muturi, Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale, Leader of the Majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen and the Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi witnessed the signing of the amended bill into law.

The amendments generated some of the most heated debates both in National Assembly Parliament and the Senate when they were recently presented in both houses.

In the National Assembly, the Jubilee Party majority voted for the amendments while in the Senate a largely bi-partisan vote passed the amendments.

Besides the complementary voting mechanism, there are new insertions in the amended Bill including the requirement for Members of Parliament and members of County Assemblies to have a degree from a recognized university to be elected into office.

The IEBC is also mandated to issue the respective political parties with certificates of compliance upon receipt of the nomination rules from the political parties.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK