Yesterday, the country woke up to news that the legislature intends to institute amendments to legislation affecting the conduct of elections, ahead of the fresh presidential election now slated for 26th October. The publication period of the proposed laws was truncated, with the result that these were tabled for the first reading, in both the Senate and the National Assembly, on the same day that they were published.

The rushed manner, in which the proposed laws are being processed, directly undermines the spirit of bipartisanship, further increasing political tensions in the country, which were already heavy high. The rationale for the laws remains poorly articulated, and media reports have also made it clear that the IEBC, a target of these changes, has not been consulted.

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