Ruto MPs lose bid to stop formation of Coalition Party

Ruto MPs lose bid to stop formation of Coalition Party

MEMBERS of Parliament MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto have lost a bid to expunge from Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 a clause on the timelines of formation of coalitions before a general election.

MPs on Wednesday voted against amendments by Garissa Township MP Aden Duale to scrap a provision meant to anchor the Azimio La Umoja movement spearheaded by ODM leader Raila Odinga.

A record of 128 MPs moved to defeat Duale amendments while only 104 lawmakers voted in support. The former Majority Leader Aden Duale had moved to delete Clause 8(b) of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to provide formation of the coalition political party.

This now means political parties willing to form coalition parties will have to do so by April 9 this year after MPs approved the Bill presented before Parliament.

The MPs approved an amendment by Amos Kimunya to reduce the period of submission of coalition agreements between parties to the Registrar of Political parties to four months before elections.

Initially, the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 had compelled parties to form a coalition six months to an election.

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Author: Star, Kenya

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