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Kenya: Controversial Set Of Amendments Become Law In Kenya Days After Elections Row

 

A controversial set of amendments to Kenya’s electoral act have become law just days after a divisive presidential poll boycotted by the opposition.

“If allowed to stand, it will make a complete mockery of elections and might well be the end of the ballot as a means of instituting government in Kenya”, added Odinga, leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition.

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Kenyans went to the polls on October 26 after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 presidential polls, citing irregularities.

The commission’s head, Wafula Chebukati, said turnout for the disputed poll was almost 39 percent. “All political differences are resolved through dialogue”, he said, while maintaining that the dialogue ought to be about having a free and fair election and not a “private arrangement” between him and the president”.

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Chebukati had warned ahead of the election that his commission could not guarantee its credibility.

In the petition, Pkosing also wants the Supreme Court to determine whether a fully or partially successful sabotage, subversion or impediment of the election for president envisaged under Articles 3 (2) and 136 (1) can affect the legality, legitimacy of a presidential election.

The vote, which was marred by street violence, took place following a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to order a re-run of the August 8 presidential election. “Convince your friends, neighbors and everyone else not to participate”. At least three people were killed in clashes between demonstrators and police.

The lawmakers on Wednesday noted reports that opposition supporters have blocked roads and hurled stones at vehicles around the border of Kisumu County, an opposition stronghold whose residents are mainly from the Luo ethnic group, and Kericho County, a Kalenjin area that supports the government.

On Monday, US ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec warned ofescalating tensions in the country, saying Kenyans needed “to resolve the deep divisions that the electoral process has exacerbated”.

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