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Lawmakers from Kenya’s governing Jubilee Party have passed a bill to change how future elections are managed ahead of the 26 October presidential re-run.
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Opposition MPs had boycotted committee sittings to debate the proposed changes.
The bill, which does not become law until the president signs it, includes these amendments:
The ruling party’s push for these controversial changes has been widely criticised by the religious leaders, rights groups, Western diplomats and the electoral commission.
They say the changes come too close to the election date to be implemented.
The Jubilee Party justified its move saying it was to “correct the errors” of the electoral commission, which was found by the Supreme Court to have committed “illegalities and irregularities” when the 8 August poll was annulled.Source: BBC