Senate moves debate on election laws to Thursday

Senate moves debate on election laws to Thursday

The Senate has once again postponed debate on the controversial election Election Amendment Bill by an extra day to Thursday 5th January 2017.

Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro has convened two special sittings that will conclude debate on the Bill after Senate’s legal affairs committee, which has been conducting public hearings on the Bill, will table its report on that day for consideration.

The Senate’s Legal Affairs Committee chaired by Busia Senator Amos Wako is expected to table its report for consideration and adoption by the House with the bone of contention being whether or not to have a manual back up for voter identification and transmission of results

Already parties that have made their submissions to the committee, including the Ministry of Information, the Communications Authority and IEBC, agree on the necessity to have a manual backup system in case of network or technological failure.

Debate on the Bill in the National Assembly caused bad blood between the opposition and the ruling administration that saw heavy deployment of security officers both outside and within Parliament buildings.

CORD has since been opposed to a manual back up claiming it opens up the system to rigging.


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