Kenya’s president signs controversial electoral reform bill limiting power of Supreme Court to overturn election results

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the controversial electoral reform bill into law on Friday and provided the country’s electoral commission 12 billion Kenyan shillings ($116,110,560) to conduct the October 26 election re-run.

The supplementary bill passed by parliament on Wednesday stipulates among others that if a candidate withdraws from a repeat presidential election, the other one would automatically win.

The amendment also limits the ability of the Supreme Court to overturn election results and scraps the minimum requirement to be an electoral commission chairman. It also allows other commissioners to announce the results in the absence of the chairman.

The amendment sparked weekly protests by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) and the withdrawal of candidate Raila Odinga from the repeat presidential elections. Read more here.