The IEBC has approved Ekuru Aukot’s push for constitutional amendments. This is after he met the required threshold of 1 million signatures. The referendum dubbed ‘Punguza Mzigo’ seeks to review the constitution in order to reduce the burden cost of governance to Kenyan taxpayers.
The signature verification exercise began on 29th May 2019 with IEBC deploying 120 clerks and 12 teams consisting of two supervisors each.
In a statement to newsrooms yesterday, IEBC stated that Aukot’s course was supported by 1,222,541 registered voters.
However,the Third way Alliance party had earlier issued a draft Constitutional Amendment Bill and details of supporters of the draft Bill both in soft and hard copies.The draft Bill will be submitted to each of the 47 County Assemblies for consideration within 3 months from the date of submission by IEBC.
“Thereafter, the Speakers of the respective 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,” read part of the statement signed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
by Peter Mutava