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IEBC ask Kenyans to verify BBI signature details

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The electoral agency has asked Kenyans to go through the list the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) list of those who signed up to support the bill and ascertain the authenticity.

The Wafula Chebukati led Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Thursday published the details of verified supporters of the BBI through a public notice.

IEBC in the notice said that it undertook a data cleaning exercise by removing incomplete records – missing signatures, Identity Card numbers and names, duplicates and those not registered as voters.

According to the commission, Kenyans who will find their names in the list erroneously have been asked to report to the Commission by writing to the acting Chief Executive Officer Marjan Hussein Marjan indicating their objections.

“Anyone who has been captured as a supporter without their consent can report to the Commission by writing to the Acting Commission Secretary/CEO indicating their objections.

It adds: “The duly signed objection letter containing Name, ID number and contact telephone number should either be scanned and emailed to RPIT@iebc.or.ke or dropped at the IEBC offices latest by 5pm on Monday, January 25, 2021,” read the notice.

The process of verifying the signatures started on December 30, 2020, and the data capture of the hardcopy information commenced on December 31, 2020, with Chebukati affirming that the aim of the process was to get one million credible signatures to meet the constitutional threshold.

Should the commission ascertain the one million required signatures, the process will move to the next stage of County Assemblies.

The process of law change is being proposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The electoral agency is yet to roll out the timeline for the referendum as the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 has to be debated in the county assemblies in a process expected to take a maximum of three months.

“After the verification of signatures, counties will have 90 days to debate and approve the Bill. The assemblies can complete the exercise in a shorter time to enable the next process to commence early,” said Chebukati. As stipulated in the Constitution, if at least 24 counties approve the Bill, it will be introduced in Parliament without delay and if supported by a majority of the members of each House, the Bill stands passed and sent to the president for assent.

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