President Uhuru Kenyatta assents controversial election bill to law

The move to bar manual voting as a back-up if he the Biometric Voter Registration kits fails in 2017 was dealt a huge blow yesterday after the president appended his signature on the election bill.

The opposition, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has been criticising the decision saying that it was a scheme by the Jubilee government to steal their way back into power.

Last week, The Senate upheld a decision by the National Assembly to amend the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2015 effectively reinstating the manual back-up system when the electronic system fails.

On last week, CORD through its co-principal Stephen Kalonzo Musyookacalled off the planned strike for Monday (yesterday) to provide room for further discussions and deliberations.

The Head of State assented to the Bill at State House, Nairobi on Monday, January 9 before departing for India.

CORD principals Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya), while speaking at a press conference on Thursday, December 22 in Nairobi’s Capitol Hill, vowed to employ all available legal avenues to challenge the decision by Jubilee government to change the law.

 

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