The Senate has passed the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bills No. 56 of 2021) with all amendments being rejected.
28 senators voted to endorse it while three opposed it.
The Bill required a minimum of 24 elected senators to vote in support to have it sail through.
The Speaker of the Senate is now expected to write to his National Assembly counterpart informing him of the development after which the Bill will be sent to President Uhuru for assent.
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Earlier six Senators had proposed amendments which were rejected by the house .
The six included Elgeyo Marakwet’s Kipchumba Murkomen, Samson Cherargei of Nandi, Kitui senator Enock Wambua, Muranga’s Irungu Kang’ata and Nominated senators Petronila Were and Issac Mwaura.
Cherargei, said the bill was ambiguous. But the bill has received massive support from senators who termed it progressive in terms of strengthening democracy in the country.
On twitter, Narok County Senator Ledama Olekina says: ” With the passage of the political parties ( Amendment) bill by the Senate today… for you to participate in any elections nomination you must be a registered member of a political party and the registrar of political parties must certify as much. The bill means Coalition Parties can now be registered as a political party and field candidates in the upcoming elections.”
Also on twitter, Majority Leader of the Kenyan Senate and Senator for West Pokot county Samuel Poghisio says: ” The Political Parties (Amendments) bill has passed the senate without a single amendment. In the process of legislation this now moves to the President for assent. Senate debated peacefully and and redeemed the image of parliament. Thank you senate.”