Heavily armed anti-riot police officers have blockaded Parliament buildings ahead of a special sitting by MPs to change iebc law .
The legislatures are expected to make major changes to the use of technology in the general election.
Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu told The Star that members are not allowed to drive inside with their vehicles.
“We are forced to alight at Hotel Intercon and walk all the way, We are properly frisked before being allowed inside the parliament premises,” he said.
The MPs seek to change the law to give room for the IEBC to use other means of identification of voters and transmission of results where technology fails.
The issue has already pitted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party against the Opposition led by Raila Odinga.
The two are presumed to be the key presidential candidates on Election Day.
The chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs, Samuel Chepkonga, will introduce new clauses to the Elections Act allowing the IEBC to come up with other ways besides technology to identify voters.
“Without prejudice to the preceding provisions of this section, the Commission shall put in place an alternative and complementary mechanism for identification and transmission of election results that is simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable and transparent,” section 44 (8A) states.
Chepkonga will also move several amendments to the Bill, adjusting major timelines.
Section 44 of the Elections Act, 2011, is to be amended in subsection (4) by deleting the word “eight” appearing in paragraph (a) and substituting the word “six”.
This means that the law will be amended to allow the IEBC more time to procure elections the technology to be used to identify voters and transmit results.