IEBC clears way for BBI referendum after verifying 1.14 signatures

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has now transferred the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional Amendment Bill to County Assemblies after verifying 1.14 million of the 4.5 million signatures earlier submitted.

In a letter released Tuesday to all the 47 counties, IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the signature verification exercise revealed that the initiative was supported by 1,140,845 registered voters.

“The Commission, through interim verification of data captured as of 19th January 2021, has confirmed and is satisfied that the Initiative has been supported by 1,140,845 registered voters.

This is therefore to notify you that the Initiative has met the requisite threshold as provided in Article 257 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” read the letter in part.

The county assemblies are expected to deliberate and submit their decisions to speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate within three months.