The Star (Nairobi)

5 November 2012

Kenya: IEBC Takes New Poll Law Changes for Publication

Photo: Capital FM/Charles Kimani
William Ruto, center, and Uhuru Kenyatta, right, face charges from the International Criminal Court for post-election violence in 2007-2008.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Friday submitted the amended election regulations to the government printer for publication.

Among the changes is the reduced fee for aspirants are required to the commissions. "The IEBC submitted the election regulation on November 2, 2012 as amended and approved by Parliament to the government printer for publication," said a statement from the Commission.

The regulations that had drawn condemnation from political players before amendment restrict Kenyans in the diaspora to participating only in the presidential election. They also open the way for Kenyans living out of the country to vote in any referendum.

The nomination fees for presidential aspirants is Sh200,000 down from the Sh1 million EBC had initially proposed. Governors will pay Sh100,000 instead of Sh500,000 while women, youth and disabled persons who intend to run for the presidency will pay Sh100,000.

Meanwhile, ODM is set to amend the clause that grants the party leader an automatic presidential flagbearer slot. The party also amend its slogan from Chungwa Moja Maisha Bora to Chungwa Maisha Bora.

"Notice is hereby given that the Orange Democratic Movement intends to amend the party constitution and party slogan," secretary general Anyang' Nyong'o said in the notice published last week.

While filing their registration with the registrar of Political parties in April, Nyong'o had announced that ODM would amend its constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi was critical of the clause that granted Raila automatic nomination and cited it as one of the reasons behind his spirited departure to UDF.

Mudavadi had also wanted the nomination of presidential aspirant be done at the county level, fearing that the the National Delegates Convention process would be undemocratic.

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