MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday
expressed strong support for amendments to electoral laws being
debated in parliament, saying the laws will fill the gaps
identified by the Supreme Court when it annulled the August
Kenyatta who spoke in Mombasa vowed to sign
into law the controversial amendments that have sparked
criticism once approved by Parliament.
"I will not hesitate, for even a minute, to sign the new
amendments into law once presented to me after debate and
approval by parliament," Kenyatta said.
The proposed changes to the electoral laws by the ruling
party Jubilee has created division among Kenyans ahead of repeat
While some, in particular Kenyatta’s supporters, endorsed the
changes, those supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga accuse
the amendments of being a rigging plot.
One of the radical changes Jubilee proposes is that if only
one candidate remains in a fresh presidential election, he will
be declared president-elect without polls being held.
The bill, currently in Parliament, further proposes a
custodial sentence of up to 15 years for any electoral officials
who knowingly refuses to sign, submits incomplete forms or
willfully alters or falsifies documents relating to elections.
It also proposes to strip the powers of announcing the winner
of a presidential poll from the chairman of the electoral
commission to any other commissioner.
According to sections of the proposed new laws, the IEBC
would be required to live stream the election results but they
would not form the basis of declaring the winner, but only for
public consumption, while the results would be declared manually
based on paper returns.
Kenyatta said it was necessary to remove the lacuna in law
cited by the Supreme Court in order to ensure the same gaps did
not force the Court to deliver a similar dubious verdict in
A select committee of both houses of parliament is due to
present the amendments to parliament this week for debate and