The numbers game will be in play while the Senators debate the Bill on Political Parties (Amendment), which was approved by the National Assembly last week after lengthy and chaotic procedures.
The deputy’s camp President William Ruto is planning to make changes to the bill that will be opposed by allies of President Kenyatta and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM0 leader Raila Odinga), as changes would delay the passage of the bill.
If any of the changes are successful, the bill will be referred back to the National Assembly and in the event of a stalemate, a mediation committee with representatives from both Houses will be convened to work out a compromise within 30 days at the end of the month.
As this is a county matter, a vote will be held by the 47 delegations rt, meaning any amendment that can be adopted by 24. Today, however, the bill will only be formally introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Justice and Legal Committee chaired by Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni to order before the Debate to hold public participation.
The DP’s allies have already identified areas to be changed, including the provisions granting the Chancellor of political parties full powers to carry out party nominations. When the bill goes into effect, the parties must request certified copies of their membership lists to be used for nominations.
The bill gives the registrar the power to also certify party lists submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“A political party that intends to submit a party list to the Commission must submit the list of parties to the registrar for certification at least 14 days prior to submission to the Commission,” says the draft law , which was passed by the National Assembly last Wednesday.
Pushing for amendments
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata said he would debate objectively and adopt sections in a bipartisan setting are wise, but delete sections that its United Democratic Alliance (UDA) deems to be unconstitutional.
“UDA will propose sections to be deleted delete that negate the constitution. We hope our Azimio colleagues will not use violence as they did in the National Assembly, “said Mr. Kang’ata.
Mr. Kang’ata said the UDA would push for changes to To delete section 22 on the powers of the registrar of political parties.
He said that if the registrar remains unchallenged, he can manipulate party nominations and make them undemocratic.
” The registrar has full powers to keep political membership registers of the parties and, consequently, control over the list of people who are allowed to participate in party nominations, ”Mr. Kang’ata told coalition parties to file their pre-election agreement with the registrar four months before the general election. They argue that the provision is intended to force parties to join certain alliances.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo said that unlike the National Assembly, there will be a robust debate in the Senate, and so will those with amendments A solicitation opportunity will be presented.
He said they had already identified areas that needed to be changed that they would later share.
“If there are any amendments, the magic number the Senate needs is 24 to pass it,” stated Mr. Kilonzo.
Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang ‘said they were will defend the progress made in the draft law in the National Assembly.
“We are aware that legislation is about political compromise and will therefore use the achievements made in the National Assembly as best we can oath. Those with the proposed changes will be submitted to the Judiciary Committee, “said Kajwang ‘.
Senator Samson Cherargei of Nandi said the proposal to expand the role of the parties’ registrar is against the Constitution and will be amended by des Senate.
“The role of the registrar envisaged in the draft law undermines the rights of political parties guaranteed in the constitution. This amendment has to be brought up for mediation, “said Cherargei.
Mr. Cherargei said the UDA was ready for a duel should the voice of reason not prevail in the Senate.
Others Bills pending consideration are the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Amendment), the County Hall of Fame Bill, the Intergovernmental Amendment Bill, the County Government Amendment Bill, and the County Oversight and Accountability Bill.