More huddles await Civil Servants planning to vie for political seats.

More huddles await Civil Servants planning to vie for political seats.

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Samuel Chepkonga, Chairman- Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

Parliamentary select committee on Justice and Legal Affairs now wants all civil servants with political ambitions to resign from their positions a year before general elections are declared.

A move contradicting an earlier proposal by the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) for a six month  period.

The committee led by Samuel Chepkonga however urgued the one year period will ensure civil servants don’t use public offices to gain political milaeages.

IEBC had further proposed amendments to electoral laws.

IEBC 2015
IEBC Commissioners in a meeting with Parliamentary Committee on Justice.

The proposals touch on key electoral issues such as voter registration, minimum educational qualifications for candidates to elective offices, referendum, political party nominations election disputes resolution as well as the procedure for delimitation of electoral boundaries.

The proposals followed an audit of the election laws by different stakeholders and consultations with Justice Legal Affairs Committee at a three-day workshop in Mombasa in April 2015.

The Kenya Law Reform Commission (KLRC) has since converted the proposals into a draft Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

The principal object of this Bill is to amend the Elections Act, 2011 and to make consequential amendments to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, 2011, in order to address the concerns that resulted following the March 4, 2013 General Elections.

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