Parliament to debate report on electoral reforms

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By Kevin Wachira

The report on electoral reforms compiled by the joint select committee of parliament is expected to be debated in the National Assembly Tuesday afternoon.

The document that was tabled last week before the house by the two co-chairs senator James Orengo and Senator Kiraitu Murungi is expected to elicit a heated debate since it contains contentious recommendations including barring political aspirants from party hopping in case they lose at the primaries.

The joint select committee has called on the house to adopt the document without amendments, a request that is likely to be rejected.

Last week, the parliamentary joint select committee on IEBC forwarded its report on electoral reforms to parliament and urged MPs to adopt the report without amendments.

Committee co-chairs Senators James Orengo and Kiraitu Murungi said that all recommendations contained in the report had been subjected to serious negotiations and therefore the document should be passed as it is.

The voluminous document contains provisions that give the president a role in appointing new IEBC commissioners. If approved by parliament, the President will be given a list of 11 candidates by the IEBC select committee and will choose seven for the seven-member commission.

Two legislative proposals on elections amendment bill and elections offences bill have also been attached to the report for consideration.

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