In Summary
  • Since the last review was completed in February 2012, it means the earliest the next review can commence is from March 2020 and the latest time the delimitation exercise can end is 2024.
  • Some reports suggest that the commission is leaning towards embarking on the exercise after the 2022 General Election so as not to have any influence on the elections.

There is no decision yet as to when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) intends to start the review of boundaries.

It has been a widely held view that the exercise will begin in 2020 and end a year before the 2022 General Election.

DELIMITATION

But from an interview with the commission’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hussein Marjan, the commission is yet to make that call even as he emphasised the “commission is fully prepared to undertake the responsibility as provided for in the Constitution.”

“The option the commission will explore shall be influenced by timely availability of resources and other programmes requiring thorough preparation and equal attention like referendum and General Election,” Mr Marjan said as he avoided giving a clear timeline.

Article 89(2) of the Constitution provides that boundaries delimitation is undertaken after every eight to 12 years.

Since the last review was completed in February 2012, it means the earliest the next review can commence is from March 2020 and the latest time the delimitation exercise can end is 2024.

Some reports suggest that the commission is leaning towards embarking on the exercise after the 2022 General Election so as not to have any influence on the elections, in which case the reviewed boundaries will be used for the 2027 elections.

PLENARY

This possibility has been raised at the commission’s plenary, the highest decision-making organ of IEBC, according to the commission’s insiders.

The Constitution requires that boundaries review should be completed at least a year to the General Election which means that the commission will be required to have finalised the review by August 2021 if they commence the exercise in March next year.

However, starting the exercise after the 2022 General Election could be impacted on the turnover of commissioners at IEBC.

If the remaining three commissioners — Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye — were to serve their terms, their last day in office will be January 18, 2023.

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