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IEBC verifies 3.1 million Kenyans signed for the BBI bill

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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At least 3.1million Kenyans supported the Building Bridges Initiative during the collection of signatures.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Monday evening released a statement saying 3,188,001 Kenyans’ signatures were verified to support the BBI bill currently before the County Assemblies.

According to the IEBC statement only one voter rejected the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The Wafula Chebukati led polls agency received signatures from the BBI promoters and in accordance with the constitution, set out on the journey to verify whether the initiative was supported by the requisite threshold of at least one million Kenyans.

The commission released an interim report based on 1,715,386 records verified as of January 19, 2021, which had established that the initiative was supported by 1,140,845 registered voters.

This formed the basis of transmission of the draft Bill to each of the 47 county assemblies on January 26, 2021.

The statement signed by Chebukati noted that at the completion of the exercise on February 18, 2021, the IEBC captured all submitted records of supporters totaling 4,352,037, which were subjected to verification.

This involved checking the completeness and validity of the records, elimination of duplicate records and matching clean records with the register of voters.

From the verification exercise, 456,079 supporters were found to appear more than once while 31,829 records had incomplete details such as invalid names or missing ID numbers.

The next one week will be crucial if the process to amend the Constitution through a popular initiative is to move to the next step, proponents of the BBI have said.

So far 12 have so far passed the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, with at least 20 counties lining up the Bill for debate this week.

Siaya was the first county to approve the Bill, followed in quick succession by Kisumu, Homa Bay and Busia. Other counties that have passed it include Nairobi, Kajiado, West Pokot, Vihiga, Laikipia, Kisii and Trans Nzoia.

BBI proponents say they are confident of getting 24 counties, the number needed to meet the legal threshold and move the Bill to the National Assembly.

The push to amend the Constitution reaches a crucial stage tomorrow as 21 counties debate the BBI Bill.

The day’s events are expected to culminate in what proponents are calling ‘Super Tuesday’.

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