By: Simon Mwendwa
So who is telling Kenyans the truth? With all this linguistic competitions inside the national assembly who do you think will clarify the proposed laws to Wanjiku. It could have been waheshimiwa who already seem less concerned with representing the interests of the electorates but rallying behind their political bosses across the divides.
But this is where the role of the media in the society comes in, inside the proposed changes in election laws touching from IEBC act to ELECTIONS act, the law seeks to address some of the shortcomings which may arise from the events and happenings of the country. It provides for a complimentary system for the transmissions of results in the event that the electronic system fails which takes us to manual transmission of results. Towards the 8th general elections, the high court barred the IEBC from having a backup system which led to over reliance on electronic system. Later on the IEBC servers were allegedly reported to have been hacked.
Previously the law provided for the commission chairman to be the national returning officer for the presidential elections. The amendment seeks to address in the event of the resignation or absentia of the chairperson, the vice chairperson to assume the full mandate or in the event of all of them absent a chosen commissioner to assume the mandates. The questions which still goes unanswered is where will the chairperson be?
In what has been seen as purely politics of who gets what, the amendment seeks to address the issue of caretaker government which as it stands now has no room in our constitution. In the event that there are only two candidates as it is in the rerun, and one of them boycotts the election process, then the other candidate should be declared president. Tharaka nithi county governor speaking on a morning TV Show viewed it from the perspective of economizing resources as it was in the case in kikuyu constituency where there was only one candidate for the parliamentary seat.
The interesting point to note from this amendment bill is that each divide has a point and a drawback.
For instance, if the opposition really claim that the IEBC servers were hacked then what’s the problem of having a complimentary system to curb this? On the other hand, why is the government really pushing hard for the amendment? Is it because there is a political interest and have got tyranny of numbers?