Uhuru receives controversial election laws Bill, has 14 days to consider signing
President Uhuru Kenyatta has received the controversial Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and has 14 days to consider signing it or reject it altogether.
A Thursday afternoon session dominated by Jubilee MP in Parliament voted to pass Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2017 before it was forwarded to the Senate.
This was despite pressure by NASA, clerics, European Union observers and Western diplomats for Uhuru’s party to drop the proposed changes.
Groups opposed to the new election laws termed Jubilee’s move suspicious and aimed at derailing justice.
The groups also noted the changes made just days to the expected October 26 repeat election are against international standards.
Senators passed the Bill during the afternoon session on Thursday chaired by speaker Kenneth Lusaka. There were no further amendments to what was forwarded by the lower House.
Among amendments in the new law is that a presidential candidate who remains in the race after the withdrawal of his or her opponent will be declared President.
The law also allows manually transmitted results to prevail in case of a discrepancy between those transmitted electronically and manually.
It also provides that failure to transmit or publish the election results in an electronic format shall not invalidate the results as announced and declared by the respective presiding and returning officers at the polling station and constituency tallying centre.