Bipartisan talks team wants presidential petition timelines increased in final report

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 26 Nov, 2023 12:31 | 2 mins read
National Dialogue Committee co-chairs Kalonzo Musyoka and Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Kimani Ichung’wah after signing of the framework agreement at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. PHOTO/(@Kalonzo)X

The National Dialogue Committee (NDC) now wants the presidential petition timelines increased in its final report.

The report which marks the end of bipartisan talks between the government and opposition saw a raft of recommendations aimed at bolstering unity between the two teams.

The team in its final report signed by co-chairs Kalonzo Musyoka of the Azimio la Umoja -One Kenya Coalition and Kimani Ichung'wah of the Kenya Kwanza Coalition recommended that the timelines within which the Supreme Court will hear and determine a petition challenging presidential elections from 14 to 21 days.

The 10-member team also recommended the appointment of a panel of experts to evaluate the 2022 electoral process. They also recommended the reconstitution of the IEBC selection panel from seven to nine members.

The bipartisan talks team also proposed that legal reforms that have been passed 18 months before the general elections become effective in the next election.

Aside from ironing out issues between the two parties, the 4-month talks were also meant to address the high cost of living affecting Kenyans.

On matters of cost of living, NDC was unable to reach an agreement on the reduction of VAT of fuel from 16 percent to 8 percent, and scrapping of the housing levy.

"The committee was unable to reach a consensus on a number of other proposals on the matter of cost of living, including the reduction of VAT on fuel from 16% to 8%, and scrapping of the housing levy, the twin issues in the Finance Act 2023," the report said.

However, the committee issued recommendations such as reducing the travel budget for all arms of government to 50 percent, reducing the road maintenance levy and the anti-adulteration levy by Ksh5 and Ksh3 per litre respectively, finalizing the transfer of devolved functions and amending the Constitution to provide for the equitable share to the County Governments.

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