Raila Odinga declares end of BBI signature collection exercise


Raila Odinga declares end of BBI signature collection exercise
Raila Odinga speaks during an ODM NEC meeting on September 25, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY

ODM leader Raila Odinga has announced that the signature collection drive has been closed to pave way for the verification exercise by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Elsewhere, leaders from various regions have collected the regional signature booklets and rubbished Deputy President William Ruto’s push for a 2022 referendum.

A week long signature collection drive has been concluded today. Odm leader raila odinga calling for expedient verification by the IEBC.

Regional coordinators across the country have been submitting their booklets for a final tally tomorrow in Nairobi.

Several Governors from the Mount Kenya region converging in Nyeri for their final tally, and declaring a total of 643,889 signatures.

Nyandarua collecting 78,982 signatures, Kiambu 181,744 signatures, Muranga, Nyeri and Kirinyaga all collecting more than 100,000 signatures each.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, received the lower eastern signatures with the three counties collecting a total of 450,000 signatures in support of the BBI referendum. Kalonzo opposed the multiple choice model proposed by DP Ruto and ruled out a 2022 referendum.

A similar exercise was ongoing in Nakuru with coordinators from six counties of Nakuru, Bomet, Kericho, Narok, Kajiado and Baringo collecting a total of 667,700 signatures.

KANU Chairman Gideon Moi, also taking cue telling off Deputy President William Ruto, for his latest twist to have a multiple choice referendum. Speaking in Embu, also called on an expedited process to have the vote conducted before June next year.

ODM leader Raila Odinga is expected to unveil the total number of signatures at the BBI Secretariat offices in Nairobi ahead of the verification by the IEBC.

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