In Summary
  • IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati says they have verified 500,000 out of 1.4 million signatures submitted.  

  • Mr Chebukati said the signature verification process will inform other processes leading to the referendum.

  • The law stipulates that for a referendum to be held, it must be supported by at least one million Kenyans.

Kenyans will have to wait a little longer to know whether there will be a referendum.  

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday said the process of verifying signatures for the ‘Punguza Mizigo campaign was ongoing and would be completed in two weeks.

1.4 MILLION SIGNATURES

Out of the 1.4 million signatures which were submitted to the IEBC several months ago, 500,000 have been verified, said Mr Chebukati.

“I have been informed that 40 per cent of the names have been verified, we expect the work to be completed in the next two weeks,” he said.

Mr Chebukati said the signature verification process will inform other processes leading to the referendum.

The law stipulates that for a referendum to be held, it must be supported by at least one million Kenyans.

 “This exercise is important, it is a constitutional requirement that where there is a popular initiative, the commission receives and verifies signatures of at least a million names,” said Mr Chebukati.

VERIFIED

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