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IEBC okays collection of BBI signatures

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  • IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has released the BBI signature collection format
  • The BBI signature drive will be launched on Wednesday, November 25 at KICC
  • Amendment of the Constitution by popular initiative requires the support of at least 1 million registered voters.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday, November 24 okayed the process of collecting one million signatures to support the BBI referendum.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati released a collection format, which the BBI steering committee is supposed to follow when collecting the signatures.

The steering committee had sent a letter to the electoral agency on November 18, seeking approval of the proposed format.

The signature collection format that IEBC has approved

According to article 257 of the Constitution, an amendment to the Kenyan Constitution may be proposed by a popular initiative signed by at least one million registered voters.

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The steering committee has said that it will collect the requisite signatures within 7 days.

After collecting the said signatures, they shall then deliver the draft Bill and the supporting signatures to the IEBC, which shall verify that the initiative is supported by at least one million registered voters.

According to the BBI Secretariat co-chairs Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed, the process of signature collection for the BBI-initiated constitutional amendment will be launched on Wednesday, November 25 at the KICC.

In an event led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, proponents of the document are then expected to do campaigns across the 47 counties.

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