Jubilee party defends the move by its MPs to pass the controversial amendments to the Elections Act

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Head of Jubilee part Secretariat Raphael Tuju addresses the press at the party’s Secretariat in Nairobi on Dec 23RD ,2016/PHOTO/UPESI NEWS

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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Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula, announced it will be resuming street protest next month to have the Jubilee MPs’ decision rescinded.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.

 

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