Opposition should abandon mass action
By Amaya | January 11th 2017
It is official; the amended electoral laws have now taken effect after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to them yesterday.
The laws will guide the management of the forthcoming elections. For that matter, the attention should now turn to the regulations, which will operationalise the new set of laws.
With proper regulations, some of the ambiguous clauses can be clarified for the benefit of all the concerned parties.
The Opposition, being a major player, had expressed strong objections to various amended clauses.
After the president signed the amended laws, the Opposition should be working together with other partners in pushing for water-tight regulations.
On that note, the NASA leadership should abandon mass action and instead strengthen their house.
Enhancing the bond that holds them together, working on their flag bearer and mobilising their support base to register in large numbers ahead of the August poll is of utmost priority to the group.
Mass action will be counter-productive as it will give them a negative tag.
As a concerned Kenyan, I hold the view that time is ripe for the Opposition to change tack.
Resorting to more peaceful strategies to resolve the current dispute touching on the electoral laws is a step in the right direction.
Use of force will portray the Opposition as a group out to wreck peace in the country. This will scare away people keen on supporting them in the forthcoming election.
In addition, putting in place proper monitoring mechanism is important for the Raila Odinga group to guarantee them victory.
Past elections have been poorly-manned by the Opposition.
May be that is where the challenge lies not just the electoral system.
There are opportunities even in the current legal regime for the Opposition to emerge victorious.
Any violence will work against the Odinga-led team and Jubilee will laugh all the way to the ballot.
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