Petitioner wants Parliament to block DP Ruto from vying for Presidency
26 August 2015, 10:56
Nairobi – A petitioner wants Parliament to amend the Constitution so that only the Presidential candidate with over 70% votes in an election will be declared winner contrary to the current 51% +1.
National Assembly Speaker, Justin Mutiri who read the petition of Gibson Machanga Mareko to the House said the petitioner also wants a Bill introduced in Parliament to amend Article 81 of the Constitution to bar any elected public officer including MPs from holding same office for more than two terms.
“The petitioner prays that the Constitution’s Article 138 (4a) be amended to provide that a candidate shall only be declared elected as President if the candidate receives more than 70% of all the valid votes cast in the election,” said Muturi who read the petition to the House.
In an attempt to block the Deputy President William Ruto’s aspiration to ascend to Presidency after serving as deputy for two terms, Mareko wants an amendment made to bar anyone who has been a deputy president for more than two terms not to vie for Presidency.
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“The petitioner also prays that Article 148 (9) be amended to provide that a person shall not be eligible for election as the President if he has served as Vice President for two terms,” Mareko proposes in his petition.
Muturi said the petitioner’s proposals require thoughtful consideration by the House and directed the relevant Parliamentary committee to look into it and then table the report in the House.
“This petition stands committed to the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for consideration. The committee is requested to consider the petition and report its findings to the petitioner and the House in accordance with Standing Order 227 (2),” said Muturi.
He also asked the committee to invite Mareko and listen to his opinion in accordance with the constitutional freedom of expression.
The MPs were amused as Muturi read out the petitioner’s amendment proposals particularly the one seeking to restrict them from serving more than two terms since a good number of them have served more than three terms and still want to defend their positions in future elections.
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