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Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 15:20 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
A Jubilee Member of Parliament has claimed that the CORD coalition is plotting to have the general elections due in August postponed to a later date. Nakuru Town East Member of Parliament David Gikaria claims that CORD is "doing everything within its reach to ensure that the August polls are delayed."
The MP cited examples of actions taken by the coalition like going to court to block the awarding of tenders for the printing of ballot papers, purchasing of BVR equipment and the auditing of the voters register. “These people are not ready for elections and that is why they have gone to court to stop the ballot papers tendering, the BVR kits tendering and the auditing of the voters register,” said Mr Gikaria.
The MP, who yesterday said that Jubilee legislators will take action against National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi for transmitting the Bill of amendments of electoral laws to the senate, today warned that courts cannot stop parliament from exercising their legislative roles unless the laws being passed are unconstitutional.
The MP also said the Jubilee Party was planning a counter-suit to challenge the suit filed by CORD against the election laws. “The court cannot stop us from legislating unless the laws are unconstitutional and I don’t see anything wrong with us saying that we can use the manual system of voting. We will also move to court to prove that we did nothing wrong by passing the amendments on the election laws,” he added.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County