IEBC Issues New Directives on BBI Signature Collection

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has released the guidelines for the collection of Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum signatures.

In a letter to BBI secretariat and dated Tuesday, November 24, Chebukati approved the proposed format for collection of signatures in support of a Constitution Amendment forwarded to the commission by the BBI team.

“The commission takes note of your request for guidance as well as approval of your proposed format and provides to you the approved format that should be used for the collection of signatures.”

“To enable the voter verification process and to ensure completeness of the supporter’ records, all the field in the said approved format /template should be duly filled as provided.” Reads Chebukati’s letter to BBI secretariat in part.

The secretariat had written to the IEBC on November 18, seeking approval of the proposed format.

Led by its co-chairs Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed, the team announced on Monday, November 23 that it has plan to collect four million signatures within seven days.

Raila and Uhuru during BBI unveiling in Kisii
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga as they received the BBI report at the Kisii State Lodge on October 21. 2020. Photo/Courtesy

They said that the collection of the signatures will be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner and Orange Democratic Movement boss Raila Odinga on Wednesday, November 25 at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

“We now call upon all Kenyans of goodwill, those who want to see an end to corruption, ethnic antagonism, marginalisation of sections of society, the empowerment of youth, women and disabled to board the BBI train,” Waweru said in a statement he read on behalf of the secretariat.

Junet said the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 that had initially stalled the start of a collection of the one million signatures pre-requisite to amend the Supreme law through the popular initiative is now ready.

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