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Cord MPs stage walk out as parliament amends elections laws

Parliament has passed amendments to provide for complementary transmission of results and identification of voters if technology fails, after Majority Leader Aden Duale proposes move to include manual transmission

The House has also passed amendments to suspend the Election Campaign Financing Act 2013 to come into effect after 2017 elections.

The move to set limits for how much different candidates can spend, as well as need to open campaign accounts and name managers suspended until the 2022 polls.

Jubilee MPs walk out of parliament building chanting victory songs after passing proposed amendments.

WALK OUT

Earlier on, Cord MPs had walked out of the House joined by coalition co-principal Moses Wetang’ula and Wiper Democratic Movement chairman David Musila.

Cord MPs claimed the Speaker was escorted to the Chambers by 50 armed security officers ostensibly to prevent a repeat of Tuesday when he was prevented from entering the chambers for more than an hour.

The opposition MPs also claimed that Jubilee MPs entered parliament with firearms.

Ahead of the sitting, MPs were forced to walk after the Parliament Road and Harambee cordoned off. The legislators were forced to use the public entrance opposite the County Hall with their usual entrance opposite the Kenyatta International Convention Centre blocked by heavily armed police.

Anti-riot police officers and three fully-equipped water cannons were deployed around Parliament.