NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan Senate on Thursday evening approved amendments to the
election law, which were opposed by the opposition.
Senators allied to
the ruling Jubilee party used their numerical strength to pass the amendment
bill that roots for use of manual voting system in the event the electronic one
failed for August’s general election.
The opposition says the bill could pave way for vote rigging.
The bill was approved by 24 Jubilee senators while 19 opposition senators
voted against it. It had been passed by Parliament.
Before approving the bill late into the night, senators held a day-long
During the heated debate, senator James Orengo, who co-chaired a joint
parliamentary select committee on the electoral reforms, termed the bill
Senators from both sides of the political divide failed to strike a middle
ground on the issue of manual vote tallying.
Opposition lawmakers earlier staged a walk-out in protest against the
amendments during the special session to discuss the bill in Parliament in late
President Uhuru Kenyatta has two weeks to sign the bill into law but has an
option to reject it and return it to Parliament for further debate.
Analysts say the disagreement on the vote counting system bodes ill for
Kenya’s political stability.
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