Uhuru, Raila agreement sealed in short phonecall
02 September 2016, 09:31
Nairobi - The law barring party hopping by politicians after nominations was sealed in a short phonecall between President Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Since the Jubilee Coalition came into power in 2013, the two principals have seldom agreed to anything but on this note, a short phonecall did the trick.
According to sources close to both leaders, they were all in agreement that there should be no party hopping close to election time to ensure a political landcape built on ideology rather than self interest.
" They agreed on the matter in a short phonecall which is why it was swiftly passed in Parliament," a source close to the head of state told News24.
The National Assembly passed the law Thursday without waste of time, with MPs from both sides uniting to ensure that it went through without any problems.
This followed a public show of confidence in the bill by both Uhuru and Raila.
" The two were unanimous that there should be no party hoping and they let their MPs know so in no uncertain terms would it change," the source added.
The changes to the Bill require parties to carry out their
nominations at least 60 days to the elections rather than the 45.
Politicians would also be forced to choose
their parties at least 90 days to the elections, with the Elections Act
being changed to make it mandatory for parties to submit lists of their
members to the IEBC at least 90 days to the date of the General
This means, politicians would need to make up their mind about their parties three months to the polls, which would stop last minute changes to the election roster as has been in the past.
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