The debate on the Election Laws amendments will move to Senate when it reconvenes for a special sitting on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
The Senate will be required to debate and either pass or reject the Election Laws amendments that were assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta three months ago, after deliberations by a joint select committee comprising of members from both Jubilee and CORD.
The amendments, which among other things, seek to introduce manual identification of voters and transmission of results, were passed by the national Assembly in a dramatic session that saw CORD MPs walk out over security concerns.
CORD claimed that some Jubilee MPs had entered the Chambers with guns and pepper sprays to stop anyone who would move to oppose the amendments.
Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed skipped the session, over reports that there were threats to their lives.
Millie Odhiambo had, in an earlier special sitting, accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of infringing on the country’s democracy. She has since moved to court to acquire an anticipatory bail following calls for her arrest.
While Jubilee has insisted that the changes to the Election Laws are necessary to deal with technical hitches that may be experienced in remote areas of the country during the 2017 General Election, CORD has read mischief in the move, claiming it is a plot by Jubilee to rig the elections.
National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has condemned CORD over its insistence on the use of electronic system claiming they have a plan to hack the systems and rig the elections in favour of CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Aden Duale (who has in recent days come under sharp criticism over his apparent threats to Justice George Odunga) stated that CORD is working with foreign envoys to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta does not win a second term in office, claims that the Opposition camp has denied.
Already a section of Senators from the Jubilee camp, led by Majority leader ans Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, have vowed to use their majority numbers in the Senate to pass the Election Laws amendments.
Elegeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Turkana counterpart John Munyes (who recently defected from Ford Kenya) have said they would lobby their colleagues in Jubilee party to pass the amendments.
It is still unclear what CORD’s plan would be to counter the Jubilee majority in the House, and whether they would boycott the session or give it a fight.
One of the Coalition co-principal and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has vehemently opposed the amendments and was even present in the National Assembly during last week’s drama.
It is apparent that Senator Wetangula would also be seeking to craft a scheme to ensure the amendments are not passed by the Senate.
To express their opposition of the amendments, CORD has called for mass action on January 4, 2016.