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Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 13:57 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Members of parliament have been challenged to prioritize the discussion of crucial matters that are beneficial to the nation as opposed to engaging in unnecessary battles like the one witnessed on Tuesday in parliament when members from Jubilee and CORD disagreed over amendments on election laws. Political aspirants from Nakuru County led by their chairman Abdul Noor said parliament should prioritize discussion of matters like the ongoing doctor’s strike which he said is affecting millions of poor Kenyans.
Speaking in Nakuru Town, Mr Noor said that the country has more important pending issues which need to be discussed by parliament. “The country has more important issues that need to be discussed by parliament and not the drama we witnessed. The issue of the ongoing doctors strike is one of the many things that members of parliament should be discussing,” he said.
On the issue of the election laws, he said that both sides of the political divide must ensure that the 2017 general elections are free and fair devoid of any form of rigging. He warned that rigging of elections was likely to plunge the country into chaos like the ones witnessed after the 2007 elections. “The government and IEBC plus the opposition must ensure that the country holds a free and fair election devoid of any form of rigging because this will save the country from plunging into chaos,” he said
Mr Noor called on the IEBC to ensure that all the electronic voting equipment that will be used in the 2017 elections are tried and tested early enough to ensure that they are working. He said that prior testing of the equipment will ensure that mistakes which arose from the 2013 polls are not repeated. “The electronic voting equipment must be tested in advance to ensure that what we witnessed in 2013 where some equipment failed is not repeated this time round,” he said
The former TNA chairman added that Kenyans want peace and all they need are free and fair elections.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County