William Ruto, Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi reject the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022

The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 has rubbed the campaigns of Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza the wrong way, with leaders on both sides agreeing to oppose a return to manual transmission of election results contained in the clauses of the bill.

Vice President William Ruto led the retribution alleging the amendments were intended to install a puppet in government and supposedly sabotage the electorate’s freedom of choice.

The endless onslaught through electoral law amendments is a choreographed attempt to install a puppet on the Kenyan electorate and sabotage our freedom of choice and our hard-won democracy. The plan is diabolical and must fail. People loudly said hatupangwingwi, “ DP Ruto said.

Raila’s battalion, led by Suna-East MP Junet Mohammed, hinted that the manual transmission of results would be subject to manipulation, pointing out that the country had invested heavily in electronic systems.

“We do not support the Elections Amendment Bill which brings us back to a manual counting system open to manipulation and error. The country has invested heavily in electronic systems. We can only improve it but not go back to the manualJunet said.

For his part, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi said last-minute changes were behind the 2007/2008 clashes, calling the bill “bad law”.

Although the two sects had different reasons for disagreeing with the amendments, this was the first time they had agreed on something and both sides vowed to shoot it down.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), however, defended the bill saying it is intended to reduce the problems encountered in the 2017 general election.

The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 was introduced in the National Assembly by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.

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