MPs set to vote on bill to move election date

Members of Parliament will this afternoon vote on a bill seeking to alter the general election date from August to December.

The bill proposes a change of the date from the second Tuesday of August to the third Monday of December every five years.

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa who sponsored the bill argues that the current election date unduly disrupts numerous activities in the country.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, has issued guidelines to MPs regarding voting to change the election date.

Muturi said for the Bill to be passed, two-thirds of MPs should vote for it. He has also reminded the legislators to carry their cards with them to facilitate them vote electronically.

Wamalwa tabled the Bill seeking to move the election dates from the second Tuesday of August every after five years after elections to third December.

Wamalwa observed that the current dates were unfavourable to other activities in the country including the national examinations – a disruption the bill is looking to cure by seeking the shift in the date.

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.

If successful, the alteration of the election date from the second Tuesday of August to the third Monday of December every five years will see MPs also extend their term by a further 4 months.


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