ODM MP slams Jubilee for misusing its numbers

Says it's hell bent on causing disquiet

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Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo. PHOTO: MASHADA

Gem Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo has criticised his Jubilee counterparts and Senators for recently using their numbers to bulldoze election laws on Kenyans, ones he called old-fashioned.

Midiwo who is the National Assembly deputy minority leader noted there was need to reverse the controversial amendments to the election laws saying the joint select parliamentary committee on IEBC should deliberate on the matter.

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According to the legislator, there is no way the country will go to the elections with the amended law in place.

Midiwo said: “Jubilee is hell-bent on creating disquiet in the country and that is evident with the kind of election laws they are putting in place.”

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An elderly Maasai woman casts her vote in 2013. PHOTO: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GETTY

According to the vocal Orange Democratic Party (ODM) leaders Raila Odinga’s defender, the backup option should also be electronic, as opposed to the manual method proposed¬† by Jubilee.

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This past Thursday, on January 6, the Senate passed the amendments on the electoral laws as authored by the National Assembly effectively allowing provision for manual voter identification and results transmission in case technology fails and in areas with telecommunication challenges.

Midiwo reckons that such laws will make it possible for individuals in government to manipulate the system and rig the elections.

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He cautioned that if the President assents to the bill, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) will be left with no other option but take to the streets.