News highlights-April 7 2017 Parliament approves rules allowing IEBC to monitor technology use in August election

News highlights-April 7 2017 Parliament approves rules allowing IEBC to monitor technology use in August election

Parliament approves rules allowing IEBC to monitor technology use in August election

  • Parliament has given the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) the greenlight to monitor technology use in the forthcoming general election as well as the go ahead to manage nominations
  • The five sets of election regulations passed include voter education, management of party primaries and party lists submitted to the commission, and the enhancement of the anti-corruption agency powers in the clearance of candidates
  • Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says the regulations will ensure there is democracy in party primaries

With the coming in of the new regulations, politicians with pending court cases or those who are under investigation are likely to have a hard time getting clearance from the EACC, if MPs approve the regulations.

Majority Leader Aden Duale with Jubilee head of Secretariat Raphael Tuju addressing Journalists over the claims made by Mr Calvins last week on the Dominion Farm

In a swift rejoinder, Westlands Constituency Legislator, Tim Wanyonyi, who was awarded a direct ticket, said he did not pay for his direct nomination. He added that it is for the sole reason that there was nobody challenging his re-election on an ODM ticket that the party was compelled to directly nominate him.

READ ALSO: IEBC threatens to lock out candidates over escalating violence in rallies

Speaking in regard to ODM setting up a parallel tallying centre, former ODM Secretary General and Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba was critical of his former party’s assertion that it will have a parallel tallying centre and announce results. He described ODM’s stance as desperate, reckless and a recipe for anarchy.

US State Department issues fresh travel alert for Kenya ahead of August polls

  • The US State Department issued a travel alert on Thursday, April 6, 2013, warning Americans residing in or traveling to Kenya of possible violence in the run-up to the August elections
  • The alert stated that rallies, demonstrations and protests may occur with little notice and even those intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence
  • It urged US citizens to avoid areas where protests or demonstrations are occurring and to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any such events

This is the latest warning from the US State Department with the first one issued this year having been released in January.

At the time, the State Department had told US citizens to avoid travel to the border area between Somalia and Kenya because of threats by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

READ ALSO: Kenya establishes diplomatic relations with St Kitts and Nevis as countries move to curb travel advisories

The government body said in its past statement that US citizens should also be aware of potential terrorist threats and the high risk of crime throughout the country.

 

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