In Summary
  • The electoral body is currently reviewing the data captured from 1.4 million Punguza Mizigo signatures.

  • The electoral commission will conclude the review of data captured from 1.4 million Punguza Mizigo signatures in two weeks.

  • The party, led by city lawyer Dr Ekuru Aukot, submitted the signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on February 21, 2019, supporting its draft bill that seeks to amend the Constitution.

The reduction of the number of MPs and the abolition of woman representative and deputy governor positions are some of the proposals the Thirdway Alliance party is pushing through its ‘Punguza Mizigo’ campaign to amend the Constitution.

ACCURACY

The electoral commission will conclude the review of data captured from 1.4 million Punguza Mizigo signatures in two weeks.

The party, led by city lawyer Dr Ekuru Aukot, submitted the signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on February 21, 2019, supporting its draft bill that seeks to amend the Constitution.

The review of data comes after verification that started on May 28, 2019, at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) came to a close on June 26.

The verification was undertaken by IEBC’s Referendum Project Implementation Team (RPIT) that included 125 temporary clerks and 24 IEBC supervisors.

Though the process has been marred by delays, forcing the Thirdway Alliance to seek explanations, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has assured that all is well.

“The commission reiterates its commitment to conducting this process in a transparent and accountable manner within the legal and administrative provisions. It is estimated that the activities will be concluded by July 19, 2019,” Mr Chebukati says in a letter to Thirdway Alliance chairman Miruru Waweru.

“The RPIT and technical support team has now embarked on reviewing the data captured by the clerks for completeness, accuracy and validity before the same is verified against the register of voters,” he says.

Upon conclusion, the team will consolidate the final report and present to the management and commission plenary.

DEMYSTIFY

The party’s proposals are among the 16 areas in the Constitution earmarked for change.

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