Kenya Enacts Law to Replace Electoral Agency Ahead of Vote

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law amendments to the East African nation’s electoral regulations that introduce changes including replacing current election officials before a national vote scheduled for August 2017.

“The Act introduces a wide range of electoral reforms including a new framework for the recruitment of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission commissioners, while laying the platform for the orderly exit of the current office holders,” the presidency said in an e-mailed statement.

Last month a committee of Kenyan lawmakers agreed to establish a nine-member panel to recruit new officials for the electoral agency and hire an independent organization to audit the voter register.

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