Kenya's newly refurbished parliament, which has been dogged by criticism over the cost of chairs for MPs, has been opened by President Mwai Kibaki.
Costing about $3,000 (£1,900) each, the 350 red chairs were made by the country's prisons department.
The original tender was given to a company outside the country but was cancelled when some MPs discovered that each chair would cost $5,000.
Officials say the $12m renovation brings parliament into the digital age.
"The changes we are making are going to input positively in governance," parliamentary speaker Kenneth Marende told the BBC.
He said electronic voting would let MPs vote according to their conscience rather than be forced to vote in a certain way by party whips.
"Now the member will be completely on his own, he will be independent, he will make up his mind and just press a button."
MPs in Kenya are among the highest paid in Africa
MPs crowded into the renovated chamber as the president and the speaker led proceedings during the opening ceremony.
The refurbishment began in April 2010 and was scheduled to take one year to complete but this was delayed because of the controversy that surrounded the costing and tendering process, our reporter says.
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