In Summary
  • The debate on the proposed law went on even as Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga announced his withdrawal.
  • The team also recommended that the fine for errant election officers be doubled to Sh2 million.

The National Assembly last evening made one more step towards passing a controversial bill to change the manner in which the repeat presidential election will be managed.

The bill, which also provides for a candidate to be declared elected unopposed if another withdraws from the race, could go through the last stage Wednesday before being passed on to the Senate in the afternoon.

SECOND READING
The debate on the proposed law went on even as Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga announced his withdrawal from the October 26 election.

There were no Nasa MPs in the chamber when the bill was put to the vote at the second reading, with Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri being the only opposer.

Baringo North MP William Cheptumo sponsored the bill on behalf of the Jubilee Party.

QUALIFICATION
None of the other provisions would be radically changed, the ad hoc committees that scrutinised the bill said in reports tabled in the Senate and the National Assembly.

“We agreed to maintain the provision that the chairman of the IEBC be a lawyer,” Mr Cheptumo said.

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