CORD’s next move after losing election law amendments to Jubilee

CORD's next move after losing election law amendments to Jubilee

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has moved to court to reverse the amendments to the election laws passed by the National Assembly on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

CORD, through its lawyer, Senator James Orengo, moved to court seeking the nullification of the amendments to the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2016.

The opposition is contesting the amendments that will see the use of manual transmission of election results in cases where the electronic system fails.

The opposition says the re-introduction of the manual transmission of election results was prone to manipulation and abuse and can easily be tampered with to alter the results.

The opposition coalition argues that the changes are illegal as the law being amended was arrived at through a negotiation process.

It further argues that the special sitting of the National Assembly was illegal and failed to follow the Standing Order No. 61 on calling a special or emergency session of the National Assembly.

However, Justice George Odunga declined to issue orders stopping the Special Sitting of the National Assembly saying that it has no jurisdiction to interfere with a legislative process but can only deal with the outcome.

Speaking outside Milimani Law Courts, Orengo said that CORD would not relent in fighting for what is right and that they would push on until the amendments are nullified.

“The court is in agreement with us that the issues we have raised are weighty and we will not stop fighting for what is right,” said Orengo.

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