Jubilee lawmakers have left the opposition in tears after the senate successfully passed the Elections Act Bill which allows manual voter verification.
The senators passed the contentious bill late on Thursday following heated debates that almost reached midnight through the second reading.
The Opposition (CORD) wants the electronic system used in the elections. The ruling government’s party is, however, demanding for a backup manual voter verification to ensure eligible voters are not denied access to the polls for any reason.
The opposition rejected the backup manual system saying it was meant to be used to rig the elections. They threatened to call for mass protests if the laws were passed.
The opposition, led by minority leader Moses Wetangula, said the bill was unconstitutional. He said the bill could plunge the country into chaos.
He called for the voice of reason to prevail, asking the Senate to rise above parochial interests that would decapitate the country.
”Bulldoze what you want, but don’t drag our image into the mud. Let’s be bipartisan and salvage the image of this House,” said Wetangula.
Jubilee senators went on to outvote their Cord counterparts 24 to 19.
A joint committee of the Senate which was tasked to carry out public hearings on the Bill prior to the voting failed to agree on a decision.
They carried out a vote to make a final decision with which Jubilee members in the Committee won with 10 votes against 6 votes by their Cord counterparts.
The joint committee agreed that technology should be used in the elections with a backup system available if only there was the technology failed.
They, however, failed to define the type of backup system.