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Dilemma For BBI Proponents After IEBC Demands Two Years to Create The Additional 70 Constituencies

It has now is emerged that time is of the essence in determining the fate of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill. Of more concern is the proposed addition of 70 new constituencies, a move that has attracted mixed reactions from not only from legal experts but also concerned parties rising the issue of time lines.

Concern has been raised by the Independent and Electoral Commission (IEBC) concerning the boundaries review of the new constituencies and the existing boundaries months before 2022's general elections.

IEBC cited breach of laws and timelines criticizing the BBI proponents for the new constituencies stating that it is in conflict with the provisions of Article 89, where only IEBC is mandated to de-limit and review boundaries of constituencies and wards across the country.

Presenting the commission's views before the members of the joint Justice and Legal Affairs committee (JLAC), the chairperson Wafula Chebukati stated that the commission needs 2 years to complete the implementation of the proposed constituencies.

A publication by the Standard reports that the parliament was expected to consider deciding on the bill by tomorrow, April 5th, which was to be followed by sixty days for campaigns (from April 6th to June 6th).

The bill was set to be availed for presidential assent between 7th to 14th July paving way for the referendum.

All this seems to have hit rocks after the bicameral house went on recess following President Kenyatta's order in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

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BBI IEBC Independent and Electoral Commission Standard Wafula Chebukati

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