In a bill introduced to parliament by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, the government wants to ban the live streaming of presidential election results. The clause seeking to make it illegal for one to live stream the results either by National television or online platforms.
This clause as it has been descried by some leaders seeks to undo the good that has been done buy the digital error. With every who owns a smart phone being a amateur reporter it is very hard for election malpractices to be practised.
This bill is expected to receive a lot of opposition from the hustler side as they seek to solidify their base and numbers. Such a bill infringes on the rights and freedoms of the media and will take back the country to the one party system.
According to a famous political analyst who wished to remain anonymous,indicated that they will even file petition in court to stop the bill if it passes. In the past lawmakers have passed laws that have been challenge in court and declared illegal.
Media Rights and Freedom
Currently Kenya is ranked top 5 in Africa as a country with adequate media rights and freedoms. in the past media outlets have been stationing their reporters in constituency or county tallying centres where they broadcast the elections results from.
It is quite unclear whether the bill will receive the necessary support it need to sail through the house but the government seems to lack the numbers to have a smooth sailing.
In the past few weeks politicians have been at each others throats as the BBI allied team seeks to make laws that will most certainly favour them as we head into the general election.