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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,11TH OCT 2017-The National Assembly on Wednesday cleared hurdles on the way of a Bill containing amendments to election laws after approving it during its morning session held Wednesday .The bill is now before the senate.The changes also include the declaration of a presidential winner if the sole opponent withdraws.
“Mr Speaker, to the best of my knowledge as of yesterday, both Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka are alive and we pray they don’t die because they are good leaders.”
The legislation also provides for the concurrent electronic and manual transmission of tabulated results from polling stations to the National Tallying Centre.
The House passed the amendments sponsored by Baringo North MP William Cheptumo which also provide that failure to transmit the results electronically shall not be used to invalidate the poll instead the Commission to develop a complementary system as back-up.
“Where there is a discrepancy between the electronically transmitted and the physically delivered results, the Commission shall verify the results and the result which is an accurate record of the results tallied, verified and declared at the respective polling station shall prevail,” Cheptumo explained.