MASS ACTION is our last BULLET – Raila
The opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga, has now called on the Senate not to rubber stamp the amendments made to the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2015.
Odinga instead challenged the Senators to consider negotiations as the way forward after Jubilee Members of Parliament voted to review the electoral laws to reinstate the manual system of voter identification and election results transmission.
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The opposition MPs, however, boycotted the poll and marched to Milimani Law Courts where they lodged a complaint.
He said that the opposition is ready for negotiations.
“I am very hopeful that the Senate will not behave like the National Assembly and that it will consider dialogue as the best way to address the contentious issues,” said Odinga.
The Senate will hold a special sitting on Wednesday, December 28 to discuss the amendments to the electoral laws as passed by the National Assembly.
Speaking after attending a Church Service at St Peters’ ACK Church Nyamira in Bondo constituency, Odinga stated that they are not interested in any form of confrontation and that mass action will only be the last resort.
He, however, said that if the Jubilee administration does not endorse dialogue, Kenyans will be forced to resort to mass action.
CORD already set January 4, 2017 as the date for mass action if the amendments made to the electoral laws are not reversed.
He added that the opposition wishes that Kenyans go to the ballot next year in a fair and competitive environment.
“We want the next elections to be free, fair and accountable and conducted on a level playing ground,” he added.
He was accompanied by his wife Ida Odinga, nominated MP Oburu Oginga and former Muhoroni MP, Prof Ayiecho Olweny among others.