President Uhuru Kenyatta today received the election amendment bill from Parliament, and has 14 days to sign it into law.
“Parliament has now done its duty and passed the legislation. I can confirm that I have received it now. It is my duty to consider it, and then sign it,” the President told a meeting with persons with disabilities.
Deputy President William Ruto was also at the State House, Nairobi, event.
National Assembly and Senate majority leaders Aden Duale and Kipchumba Murkomen told the same meeting that it was in the interest of the Kenyan people that the President takes the time to apply his mind, before signing the Bill into law.
“As the CEO of the Republic of Kenya, he has to consider what the Bill says and the general interest of the Kenyan people. As Parliament we have done our job; and as Jubilee we want him to append his signature without delay. The ball is now in the President’s court,” said Duale, the Garissa Town MP.
The election laws changes were ordered by the Supreme Court, which identified a lacuna it said needed to be filled, when it annulled the August elections on technical grounds.
Deputy National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Duale, Murkomen, and Chief of Staff Dr Joseph Kinyua were at the event at State House.
Earlier, the President signed into law a supplementary budget bill that made significant provisions for fresh October 26 elections and free secondary education from January, 2018.
Earlier this week, the President and Deputy President Ruto voiced strong support for the amendments to the election laws, saying that every gap identified by the Supreme Court needed to be filled to provide clarity in the electoral environment.
NASA maintains the bill is illegal saying Jubilee wants to turn Kenya into a banana republic.
Siaya Senator James Orengo said the amendments will render electronic system of transmission dead saying it doesn’t make sense that the Government is spent public funds to procure the system.