Parliament passes controversial election law as Cord MPS protests


Photo: Jubilee MPs outside Parliament buildings after passing the contentious election law on 22nd dec 2016. PHOTO UPESI NEWS:



BY UPESI NEWS REPORTER,NAIROBI,22ND DEC,2016-The National Assembly Thursday morning passed proposed amendment to election laws amid protests from Opposition Members of Parliament.

The Legal Affairs Committee amended contentious laws that will guide the 2017 General Election to provide for only manual identification of voters in case technology fails. The committee, however, dropped a proposal for manual transmission of results.

In a sitting that earlier turned chaotic before the Opposition MPs walked out, Parliament passed amendments to provide for complementary transmission of results and identification of voters if technology fails.

Live broadcasting was earlier cut off and journalists blocked from entering the gallery.

The special sitting which lasted not more than 3o minutes was therefore held in camera.


Judge George Odunga declined to rule that the special sitting convened by parliament was unconstitutional,instead the judge in his ruling said the court does not find anything unconstitutional as the intended amendments to the election laws had not taken place.He said that should the court find any reason as regards to contravening the law in future as far as the amendments are concerned the court will take necessary action.The ruling took place in the presence of CORD leaders who had gone to court and filed the case.Parliament has adjourned until 24th of January 2017.

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