IEBC ready to receive referendum bill & signatures from Thirdway Alliance party


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Ekuru Aukot

After Judiciary recommended changes in recent IEBC elections report proposed changes by political party is making strides as well.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to receive a referendum bill and signatures from the Thirdway Alliance party on February 21.

The party leader Ekuru Aukot had earlier on written to the commission requesting for a date to submit the bill and signatures.

“We write to inform you that the commission is ready to receive your draft bill and signatures on the 21st February, 2019,” responded IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

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Aukots referendum call dubbed ‘Punguza Mzigo‘ aims at reducing the size of Constitutional commissions, strengthen devolution and senate, reduce the number of members of parliament as well as reducing the cost of running parliament.

In December last year, an Infotrack survey showed that constitutional change call is supported by 44 per cent of Kenyans but opposed by 45 per cent while another 12 per cent were still undecided.

The Nasa wing of politicians have also been drumming for a constitutional change, with creation of the parliamentary form of government.

Deputy President William Ruto’s wing which has been opposing referendum calls seems to have softened their stance, and made a U-turn  to root for one.

While in London at Chatham House, Ruto suggested that presidential runners-up should get government positions so that they do not feel left out.

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