The senate session held on 28th DECc 2016/PHOTO/UPESI NEWS
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,28TH DEC,2016-Senate’s debate on election laws was on Wednesday pushed forward by a week to the 4th January 2017.
Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro also directed the Senate Legal Affairs Committee to invite public participation on the contentious amendments to the election laws.
The Senate Legal Affairs is now expected to take views on the elections laws from the public and different stakeholders and table the report on January 4, 2017 during a special sitting of the Senate.
The Senate Legal Affairs Committee Chair Amos Wako who welcomed the move however asked an extention of time saying considering monday being a public holiday some of the members in varius groups his team will be meeting may not be available and asked for an extra day or two , while the CORD coalition has moved to court seeking to suspend any debate decisions, mediations or approvals on the contentious election amendment laws.
Through Lawyer James Orengo, CORD argues that the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate contravened the constitution, the standing orders of the National Assembly and the Senate and the Fair Administrative Action Act by calling a special session to debate the contentious amendments.
CORD argues that the electoral system of Kenya is established as an integrated electronic electoral system contrary to the amended election laws which allows manual system of voting.
Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate as well as Attorney-General Githu Muigai have been named as respondents.
The Senate special sitting held on Wednesday was called to debate the contentious amendments to the election.