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Kenyatta signs controversial election law

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed a controversial bill that allows the use of manual systems as a back-up to electronic voting in the upcoming general elections in August.

Opposition lawmakers have been against the manual system, accusing the government of planning to use it to rig the election.

A statement from Mr Kenyatta’s spokesman says that the manual system will be complementary and will be used if the electronic system fails.

It says that the system must be “simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable and transparent to ensure that the commission complies with the provisions of the constitution”.

Government-allied MPs outvoted the opposition in both the lower and upper houses of parliament to pass the bill.

Opposition leaders had threatened to call a mass protest to pressure the government to drop plans to adopt the laws.

The new law also includes requirements that all MPs should have a degree from a recognised university.

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