Religious leaders have appealed to President Kenyatta not to assent to the amended election laws passed by the Parliament on Thursday.

The National Council of Churches of Kenya and Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims on Friday said failure to approve the law would help prevent another round of political violence come 2017.

The move by Jubilee raised political mistrust, the clergy said, adding that signing of the changes into law would be a recipe for violence.

“The president should rise above partisan interests by rejecting those amendments. Laws that come to place through negotiated processes cannot be brought back by one side and changed the way it happened in Parliament,” Supkem Deputy Secretary-General Hassan ole Naado said.

The clergy said if Jubilee had issues with the laws, they should have been taken back to the joint committee that negotiated and agreed on them.

“This is unfair and we hope the president will not sign the disputed law. It creates distrust that will also undermine the ongoing IEBC commissioners selection. If any changes have to be pursued, the select committee structure is the only route,” he added.

The leaders also called on the opposition led by Raila Odinga to give dialogue a chance instead of resorting to demonstrations after the laws were passed Parliament.

On Thursday, Jubilee-affiliated MPs forcibly changed Elections Laws (Amended) Act, allowing the electoral commission to use an alternative manual system if the electronic voter identification system collapses.