All set for BBI signature collection launch


All set for BBI signature collection launch

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner, ODM leader Raila Odinga are today expected to launch the collection of signatures to support proposals to amend the 2010 Constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process.

The launch is set to take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), where only invited persons will be allowed to attend the event, in line with COVID-19 regulations.

The BBI National Coordination Secretariat co-chaired by Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru hopes to collect at least 4 million signatures, even though only 1 million signatures of registered voters verified by IEBC are required to move the process to the county assemblies.

At least 24 county assemblies must support the Bill, for the process to proceed to a referendum, regardless of the verdict in the National Assembly and Senate.

Sources indicate that only minimal changes have been made to the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 despite calls for consensus building, to thrash out recommendations deemed contentious.

The electoral commission – IEBC has approved a sample form that will be used in collection of signatures for registered voters supporting the bill.

Forms used in the signatures collection include columns for signatories’ names, identity card or passport numbers, county of residence as well as constituency and county assembly ward.

Those signing in support of the BBI-driven proposal to amend the constitution will have to indicate their polling stations, mobile phone numbers, email address before appending their signatures.

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Story By Benjamin Muriuki
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