MPs fail to raise numbers to change election date
1 months ago, 17 Oct 16:36
The much-anticipated vote to change the date for the general election from August to December has been defeated.
The bill by Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa needed a support of 233 legislatures but only 187 turned up.
Speaker Justin Muturi said only 172 MPs had checked in electronically and 15 manually during the Wednesday afternoon session.
"Honorable Members, the members present electronically are 172 and those manually are 15 making a total of 187, accordingly members the house cannot proceed to vote for the motion for the second reading and therefore the motion is defeated," he said.
Wamalwa had argued that the current election dates interfere with the school calendar under the new curriculum.
"Sometimes you may think you are very many by dancing and walking up and down in the chambers but in actual sense, you are very few and therefore the matter is defeated and that is the end," Muturi added.
This was the third time for such a bill to be tabled.
"It was once tabled by the late Mutula Kilonzo and David Ochieng. This is the third time I am tabling. We tabled the public participation report and that of the Justice and Legal Affairs which indicated 80 per cent of Kenyans are supporting the change," he said earlier today.
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