Motion to Change Election Date to December Flops in Parliament

  • A motion to have the election date changed from the first Tuesday of August to the third Monday of December flopped on Wednesday.

    The National Assembly was set to vote on the motion that was tabled by Kiminini Member of Parliament Chris Wamalwa but the House failed to meet the required quorum.

    Out of the requisite 233 legislators required to conduct the exercise, only 187 members were present at the House at the time of the voting.

    The Bill subsequently failed to pass despite having received the endorsement of the Justice and Legal Affairs House Committee.

    Wamalwa had expressed confidence that the House would support his Bill during an interview on KTN.

    "It was once tabled by the late Mutula Kilonzo and David Ochieng. This is the third time I am tabling.

    "We tabled the public participation report and that of the Justice and Legal Affairs which indicated 80% of Kenyans are supporting the change,"  Wamalwa stated.

    The legislator had argued that the current election date interrupts normal school schedules which affects learning.

    "We use schools as polling stations. Too many campaigns affect school activities. Last years election tampered with KCPE and KCSE and as legislators we deem it fit that we change the dates," he explained.

    Speaker Justin Muturi eventually declared the Bill defeated stating: "The house cannot vote on the motion and therefore the bill is defeated."