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The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Election Offences Bill, 2017 read a First Time in the National Assembly

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 39 of 2017) and the Election Offences (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 38 of 2017) have been read a First Time in the National Assembly on Thursday, September 28, 2017 during the morning sitting.

 

The two Bills are sponsored by the Majority Party through the Member for Baringo North, the Hon. William Cheptumo, M.P., and the Leader of the Majority Party, the Hon. Aden Duale, M.P., respectively.

 

The principal object of the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 39 of 2017) is to amend the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, 2011, the Elections Act, 2011 (No. 24 of 2011), and the Election Offences Act, 2016 (No. 37 of 2016) to provide for the proper conduct of the affairs and business of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, and for effective management of elections.

 

On the other hand, the principal object of the Election Offences (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 38 of 2017) is to amend section 14 of the Election Offences Act, 2016 to ensure that the section conforms to Article 35 of the Constitution. Article 35(1) (a) provides that every citizen has a right of access to information held by the State. Article 35(3) further provides that the State shall publish and publicize any important information affecting the nation. The Bill seeks to delete subsection (2) of section 14 which limits the right to access to information held by the State as specified in that Article during the election period.

 

A notice of Motion to establish a Select Committee on Election Laws, 2017 to examine and undertake public participation on the two Bills and any other related Bill was given on Wednesday, 27th September, 2017.  

 

The two Bills can be accessed on this link:- http://www.parliament.go.ke/the-national-assembly/house-business/bills

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