Attempt to change election date backfires after quorum hitch

Written By: Edward Kabasa


Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa’s attempt to change the election date from August to December has flopped after the National Assembly lacked requisite quorum to vote on the bill.

The lawmaker had proposed a change of the date from the second Tuesday of August to the third Monday of December every five years.

The house could however not proceed with the vote as only 187 members were present in the chamber with the law requiring that at least 233 members endorse such a proposal.

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Wamalwa had sought to introduce a new election date which he argued would have been more favorable to Kenya’s circumstances.

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In his bill, the Kiminini legislator had sought the alteration of the election date from the second Tuesday of August to the third Monday of December every five years.

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The bill which would have also extended the life of the 12th Parliament by a further four months failed to attract a vote after the National Assembly lacked the requisite quorum.

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Article 256 of the constitution provides that the second reading of any constitutional bill requires at least 233 Members in the National Assembly voting in the affirmative.

While striking a reconciliatory tone after his unsuccessful attempt, Wamalwa proposed a repeal of the law to lower the threshold needed to pass amendments to the constitution.




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