Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok has thrown his weight behind the bill seeking to change the date of the General Election from August to December.
Speaking in Lodwar town during a public participation forum by the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Governor Nanok said the August date has always disrupted the academic calendar and the examination period in the country.
He noted that schools are still being used as polling stations and therefore there was need to move the election date to December.
The Council of Governor’s Chairman also called for a review of campaign period and argued that the three months set by the constitution was too long.
Last week parliament started collecting views from members of the public on a bill seeking to change the date of the General Election from August to December.
While the Constitution requires voters to head to the polls every second Tuesday of August every five years, the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2018 sponsored by Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa seeks to change the election date to the third Monday of December every fifth year.
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