The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) of the National Assembly has teamed up with the Electoral Law and Governance Institute for Africa (ELGIA) to work on comprehensive electoral reforms ahead of the 2027 general elections.
The committee, chaired by Tharaka MP George Gitonga Murugara, recently held a workshop organised by ELGIA to discuss key electoral legislations, establish a road map, and set timelines for the completion of electoral reforms.
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The workshop also explored the possibility of multi-sectoral participation to enhance inclusivity in the reform’s agenda.
At the meeting, Murugara, expressed gratitude to ELGIA for organising the timely workshop.
He highlighted the significance of good governance and the Committee’s role in upholding the rule of law in the country.
Parliament’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chair George Muragura.
“Let us team up so we can look at our electoral laws extensively,” Murugara said.
The partnership between JLAC and ELGIA comes in the wake of a push and pull between the ruling Kenya Kwanza Alliance and the opposition Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance over electoral reforms in the country, including the appointment of commissioners to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Both teams have recently been involved in accusations and counter-accusations over the conduct of the presidential elections held last year and the fate of the new IEBC commission.
Plans to reconstitute the commission by listing new commissioners have since been put on hold to allow discussions between the two competing alliances.
Dadaab MP Farah Maalim, also a member of JLAC, stressed the committee’s commitment to ensuring smooth, accessible, and fair elections in the future.
“Let us walk this talk and see how JLAC can work with you to help strengthen our electoral systems,” said Maalim.
Felix Odhiambo, the Executive Director of ELGIA, emphasised the importance of collaboration between the two factions in creating solid electoral systems for the country’s future.
“We are privileged to partner with JLAC on the electoral reform’s agenda in Kenya. We are in a new electoral cycle running up to 2027, and the responsibility of this Committee will be enormous,” said Odhiambo.