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February 26, 2018

Senate to debate controversial amendments to election laws

A file photo of Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen who is Elgeyo Marakwet Senator.
A file photo of Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen who is Elgeyo Marakwet Senator.

The Senate Select Committee scrutinising electoral laws will table a report on public views for adoption by the House on Thursday afternoon.

The committee chaired by Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo says they have received many written memoranda from the public, some supporting changes to Election (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The Bill was forwarded to the Senate by the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Read: Parliament passes controversial election law amendment

Dullo defended the Bill saying the proposed amendments will fill the gaps in law to avoid technicalities that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta 's re-election nullified by the Supreme Court.

"There is nothing wrong with we are doing as legislators. We are within the law and nothing is illegal concerning this law."

She asked NASA senators boycotting Houses activities to "come back to their senses" and perform their work.

Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi said NASA lawmakers should have presented their grievances to the committee rather than resorting to street demonstrations to demand electoral reforms before fresh presidential poll set for October 26.

"When the country is in a mood where questions are more than answers, a solution can only be found through a real framework. This country needs answers for every sector and group of people," she said.

"NASA's irreducible minimums would have been reduced to law in this committee."

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