BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH JULY 2019- Ekuru Aukot’s ‘Punguza Mzigo’ Initiative pushing for a constitutional amendment has received a big boost after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) verified that they met the required threshold of at least one million signatures.
In a statement sent the press on Thursday, IEBC stated that the initiative engineered by Aukot’s Thirdway Alliance Kenya Party was supported by a total of 1,222,541 registered voters.
The commission further stated that the Aukot-led party delivered to the commission a draft Constitutional Amendment Bill and details of supporters of the draft Bill both in soft and hard copy on February 28, 2019.
After this step what follows is to submit the draft to each of the 47 County Assemblies for consideration within 3 months from the date of submission by the commission.
“Therafter, the Speakers of the respective County Assemblies will submit the decisions of their respective County Assemblies to the Speakers of the National Asembly and the Senate pursuant to Article 257(6) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” read the statement signed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
The ‘Punguza Mzigo’ initiative seeks for a constitutional review to reduce the burden of cost of governance to the taxpayers.
The exercise to verify the signatures began on May 29, 2019 with IEBC deploying 120 clerks and 12 teams consisting of two supervisors each.