Head of Jubilee part Secretariat Raphael Tuju addresses the press at the party’s Secretariat in Nairobi on Dec 23RD ,2016/PHOTO/UPESI NEWS
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,23RD DEC,2016-A day after Jubilee members of parliament passed the controversial amendments to the Elections Act the party’s’ Secretariat has defended the move terming it absolutely necessary.Addressing the media at the party’s Secretariat Friday the head of the jubilee party Secretariat Raphael Tuju said the move by the opposition to oppose the introduction of manual voter identification and registration was intended to cause chaos in the next years general elections.
Tuju says even in the most developed economies the use of bio-metric voter listing system has failed and necessitated the use of another option. “Even in Nigeria the electronic the former president Goodluck Jonathan finger could not be recognized until after 50 minutes” he said.He said the opposition by CORD to the laws was meant to ensure that their is acrimony come next year.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Catholic Church yesterday warned rival Jubilee and Cord coalitions to watch their conduct as the country prepares for next year’s General Election.
Alarmed by chaos that characterised the passing of the contentious amendments to the Elections Act yesterday, IEBC cautioned against what it termed as unnecessary grandstanding displayed by the two coalitions.
The controversial amendments were passed amid protests from the Opposition side. It was the second time the National Assembly converged for a chaotic special sitting after an similar attempt aborted on Tuesday.
And in a record 45 minutes, the session chaired by Speaker Justin Muturi, members mostly from the ruling Jubilee passed all the proposed amendments. Before the vote, members from both sides were engaged in a scuffle which lasted almost 30 minutes, with several MPs sustaining minor injuries after they turned on each other.
This led Opposition MPs to walk out of the session, which they termed unconstitutional. Subsequently, Cord led by its co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula, announced it will be resuming street protest next month to have the Jubilee MPs’ decision rescinded. (See story page 4). IEBC described yesterday’s events as unfortunate.
WARNED ON MASS ACTION
Tuju also condemned the move by the opposition to call for mass action beginning 4th of January next calling it unfortunate.Tuju says the constitution guarantees every citizen freedom to free movement and without being distracted as they go about their day to day business.
He says in as much as the constitution allows peaceful demonstration and picketing the same should not infringe on other peoples rights as that will lead to contravening the same constitution.