BBI signatures verification to begin after Ksh.93M budget approved

BBI Secretariat co-chairpersons Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed handed the signatures and the bill to ...
BBI Secretariat co-chairpersons Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed handed the signatures and the bill to the IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati on December 10, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY

The BBI signatures verification exercise is set to begin after the National Treasury approved the Ksh. 93,729,800 budget.

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it is now ready to begin hiring data entry clerks, conference facilities and accommodation.

“The Commission resubmitted budgets based on four scenarios, the highest being Ksh. 241,011,000 as submitted earlier and the lowest being Ksh. 93,729,800 mainly based on non-residential verification clerks. Subsequently, the National Treasury made an allocation of Ksh. 93,729,800 to the Commission for the exercise. The Commission will therefore proceed with the verification exercise accordingly,” IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said on Friday.

He averred that discussions were held between the National Treasury and the IEBC on cost rationalisation given the constrained fiscal space.

Chebukati explained that the budget was premised on providing full accommodation to all verification personnel.

The arrangement, he said, is to prevent exposure to COVID-19 due to daily commuting of personnel using public transport and compliance with curfew restrictions.

“It would have also ensured optimum verification process since all personnel are accommodated on one site,” the statement reads.

The Commission received the Constitutional Amendment Bill and 4.4million BBI signatures  on December 10, 2020.

IEBC is required by law to undertake verification of the supporters to ensure compliance with the requirements of Article 257 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya.

Meanwhile, DP William Ruto has insisted that Kenyans must be given time to peruse the BBI report before voting through multiple questions that he proposed.

According to him, there is still room to amend the report to accommodate various disgruntled groups.

He was speaking on Friday at the home of Malava MP Malulu Injendi in Kakamega county where met other leaders from the area.

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