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Constituencies to be scrapped after 2022 polls, Mt Kenya legislator now claims

Some 27 constituencies that were allowed to exist despite not meeting the population criteria are in the spotlight once more. The twenty-seven constituencies could be scrapped after the next General elections during boundaries review if they fail the population threshold set by the Constitution. The Ndaragwa Member of Parliament Mr Jeremiah Kioni now says.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is set to realign the borders of Kenya’s constituencies after August 9th 2022. In the review and realignment there will be no protection at all according to IEBC sources. That means the protected constituencies will cease to exist. The Constitution caps the number of constituencies at 290, but the IEBC can review to either alter the name or boundaries of the existing constituencies.

According to a report made by Andrew Ligale-chaired Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission, which identified the present constituencies in 2010, a constituency should have an average of 133,138 people.

The protected constituencies are Lamu East, Lamu West, Mvita, Mwatate, Wundanyi, Voi, Bura, Galole, Isiolo South, Kilome, Laisamis, North Horr, Saku, Siakago (now Mbeere North), Ndaragwa, Tetu, Murkurweini, Othaya and Kangema are some of the constituencies that risk losing their status after the 2022 elections for not meeting the population quota.

Others are Mathioya, Samburu East, Marakwet East, Keiyo North, Mogotio, Vihiga and Budalang’i.

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