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    Petition to Appoint Raila and Martha Karua into the National assembly

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    If a petition presented to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is granted, both former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his former Running mate Martha Karua might be elected to seats in the Kenyan Parliament.

    The petition, dated September 30, 2022, and written by a Nairobi architect named Nyongesa Makhanu, asks the government to amend the Constitution so that the next-place Presidential candidate may be elected as a Nominated MP.

    Also In his plea to the IEBC led by Wafula Chebukati, Makhanu requests a shift from the present election date of August to the third week of December.

    He justified his plan by saying it will have little impact on the country’s economy, as well as on the timing of things like school and work.

    If his petition is granted, the former Prime Minister will return to Parliament for the first time since he was elected in 1997, when he represented the Lang’ata Constituency, until 2013.

    On the other hand, this would be Martha Karua’s first term in the Senate after Devolution was instituted in 2013 in accordance with the 2010 Constitution.

    Makhanu, on the other hand, said that the tribal nature of Kenyan elections caused people to stop participating in the democratic process. His solution, therefore, is to establish a system wherein each tribe would take turns serving as president in the future.

    In order to ensure more diverse representation, he advocated that the Constitution should exclude candidates who are members of the same tribe as the current president and the president before him.

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