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IEBC gives BBI Bill green light after verifying 1.14M signatures

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday gave the green light for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill to move to the next stage.

The commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati said that the ongoing signature verification process has revealed the initiative was supported by 1,140,845 registered voters.

The Constitution of Kenya demands that the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 be supported by at least one million registered voters.

Mr. Chebukati said that IEBC will now submit the draft Bill to all the 47 county assembly speakers, for consideration within three months.

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“Thereafter, the Speakers of the County Assemblies will submit the decisions of their respective County Assemblies to the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate pursuant to Article 257 (6) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” said Chebukati.

BBI secretariat response

“With the clearance from IEBC we now have a short time to have the BBI Referendum Bill tabled in all the 47 county assemblies in order to have a referendum conducted as soon as possible. The secretariat will soon be giving more directions with regard to the process,” reads a statement from Dennis Waweru, Co-Chair BBI Secretariat.

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