NASA MPs to boycott Tuesday afternoon Parliament sittings

Suba MP John Mbadi says MPs affiliated to NASA have been advised not to participate in debate on electoral laws in either House on Tuesday afternoon.

There is something illegal going on in both houses of Parliament the National Assembly and the Senate.

The respective Speakers must ensure that the standing orders and the constitution are not violated.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr said they will not participate in an illegal process, saying it’s a lie when one says the law is an attempt to align election laws with Supreme Court ruling.

We can’t have a situation where a returning officer from Lamu has to deliver manually results of the election, Mutula said.

He further added that NASA will not allow Jubilee to change the mandate of the Presidential returning officer who is the IEBC Chairperson midway.

The Parliamentary joint select committee on Elections Laws Amendment bill is expected to report back to both houses of Parliament after a week of gathering public input on the proposed law.

The joint committee completed its sittings last Thursday and retreated for three days to compile its report and is now expected to table the report Tuesday afternoon.

The joint committee co-chaired by Baringo North MP William Cheptumo and Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo  went ahead with its sittings in the absence of NASA MPs who have vowed to boycott Parliamentary business until the fresh Presidential election is held.

NASA maintains the amendments are in bad faith claiming it is an attempt by Jubilee to bungle the election.

The electoral agency IEBC has also expressed its displeasure with the change to the election laws saying it might affect the ongoing preparations for the repeat poll.

Jubilee Party however maintains they are amending the Electoral laws to align them with the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Among the changes they have introduced is manual tallying and transmission of the results arguing that electronic transmission failed in the August 8th election.

The Bill also contains a provision for the vice-chairman to act as the boss of the electoral commission in the absence of the chairman.

The Bill also seeks to make it mandatory for the IEBC chairman to have all the Forms 34A and 34B before announcing the result of the Presidential tally.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have openly supported the amendments and are now counting on Jubilee’s numerical advantage in Parliament to pass the bill.

  

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