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How Political Parties Amendment Bill will affect August 9 General Elections

The Political Parties Amendment Bill is expected to change the conduct of elections if approved by the Senate next week.

On Wednesday, January 5, the National Assemy passed the amendments with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s allies who had sponsored the Bill carrying the day.

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A NARC-like coalition is expected with the presidential candidate running on the ticket unlike it is now where they have to run on the affiliate party ticket.

For instance, Raila will now contest in the August 9 General Elections as Azimio la Umoja lresidential candidate with the support of all the other parties in Azimio.

Clause 8(3A) states;

“A coalition political party shall only field candidates for election as President.”

The amendments in the bill bar a person from moving into other parties within the coalition if they fail in the party preliminaries.

The affiliate parties will also be given political parties fund irrespective of their performance in the coalition contrary to the current formation where only big parties benefit from the funds.

Former Majority Leader and Garissa Township MP Aden Duale who had proposed an amendment to the bill saying there should be no limitation on when the coalitions need to be formed but the amendment was rejected.

“Why rush parties into coalitions, we should not be sitting here to make laws to favour a certain individual, this is deceit and conman ship,” Duale had protested

On the other hand, Eldas Member of Parliament Adan Keynan said the timeline of coalition formation being moved from the initial six months to four months.

“As you know, all winning coalitions and formations in the history of this country have cropped up in under four months to the General election

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“The beauty of this four-month time frame is that it leaves ample time for extensive consultations and concurrence among political players on ideology, manifestos and line-ups and they still have adequate time to popularise their candidates,” he said.

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