, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – A Special Senate Committee formed on a short notice to analyse the controversial electoral laws wrapped up its public hearing midday Thursday, with the Bills expected to be given a nod by Jubilee legislators.
The Senate was forced to go back to the drawing board on Wednesday afternoon session to form a special committee to handle the electoral laws so as to avoid any legal battles that could challenge the legitimacy of the legislation of the Bills in the Senate.
The Committee Chair Fatuma Dullo however explained why the Senate had to convene to receive input from the members of the public yet a joint parliamentary committee had previously gone through the same exercise at County Hall.
“Procedurally for the Senate this is a new Bill because the amendments have been incorporated and we are supposed to follow the procedure and open it to the public to see if there are more views,” said Dullo.
Media Owners and the Media Council of Kenya who were expected to appear before the committee on Wednesday did not show up but the Isiolo Senator said they had received plenty of written submissions which will aid the committee in preparing a report which will be tabled in the House Thursday afternoon.
“We have spoken to several institutions and most of them submitted their written memorandums. We have gathered enough views and this afternoon we will be tabling a report in the House on the same,” said Dullo.