Murkomen declares war to Chebukati and his team

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen is seeking to trim down powers given to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The proposal could see MPs take control of the boundary review process, relegating the IEBC to a mere errand boy in the exercise.

Murkomen wants IEBC reports, on the same, subjected to parliamentary input and approval.

“The bill seeks to make it mandatory for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to submit a report to Parliament containing details of proposed alterations to names and boundaries of constituencies and wards.

“The commission shall publish in the Gazette the final report as approved by Parliament within seven days of approval,” states the Amendment Bill published on February 28.

Murkomen explained that his bill is meant to give the people’s representatives a say in the review process.

“The commission shall prepare and submit to Parliament a report containing details of proposed alterations to the names or boundaries of constituencies and number, names, or boundaries of wards,” the bill reads in part.

If the bill is passed, MPs whose constituencies risk being scrapped for failing to meet the population threshold could lobby on to have them retained.

They include Mathioya, Samburu East, Marakwet East, Keiyo North, Mogotio, Vihiga, Budalang’i, Mbeere North Ndaragwa, Tetu, Mukurweini, Othaya and Kangema.

Others are Lamu East, Lamu West, Mvita, Mwatate, Wundanyi, Voi, Bura, Galole, Isiolo South, Kilome, Laisamis, North Horr and Saku

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