Raila allies oppose Uhuru’s party on election bill

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Allies of ODM leader Raila Odinga have vowed to oppose Majority leader Amos Kimunya’s bill on election results transmission, saying it was retrogressive and claws back on the gains the country had made, in terms of electoral transparency.

Minority leader in the Senate and Siaya Senator James Orengo said any method used in an election must meet the constitutional threshold of an electoral system that is simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable, and transparent.

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”The method used in elections must meet the constitutional threshold of an electoral system that is simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable, and transparent. The manual method cannot attain these standards including the prompt announcement of results,” Senator Orengo said.

His remarks come hours after Minority Whip Junet Mohammed declared ODM is not supporting the elections amendment bill saying it takes the country back to the manual system of tallying which is open to manipulation and errors.

”We are not supporting the elections amendment bill that is taking us back to manual system of tallying which is open to manipulation and errors. The country has invested heavily in electronic system. We can only improve on it but not revert to manual,” the Suna East legislator tweeted on Thursday night.

Under the Elections Act currently in the constitution, poll results declared at the polling station are final and the same is transmitted electronically as provisional results.

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