Kenyan lawmakers approve changes to election law

2017-10-11 14:23
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Nairobi - Kenyan lawmakers have approved amendments to the country's electoral law that have been criticised by the opposition and Western diplomats shortly before the fresh presidential election on October 26.

The amendments require the approval of President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose ruling party sought the changes after the Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta's election in August and ordered a new vote.

Diplomats including the United States ambassador this month said the proposed change puts at risk the election commission's "ability to conduct a better election" and "unnecessarily increases political tensions."

The opposition says the changes are meant to make the transmission of election results a manual process that would have fewer safeguards against fraud, and would make it more difficult for the court to annul an election.


Read more on:    uhuru kenyatta  |  kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa
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