So far so good:BBI secretariat says 1.5 million signatures collected so far

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,30TH ,NOV,2020-The BBI secretariat has said it has so far collected 1.5 million signatures.

The team on Monday said it expects to hit two million signatures by close of business today.

The exercise is expected to end on Thursday.

The 1.5 million signatures include those collected through the online app.

“This is a civic duty, not political event. No citizen should be left behind,” secretariat co-chair Junet Mohamed said.

One million signatures of registered voters are required to back the draft constitutional amendment Bill.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga launched the signature collection last Wednesday.

The BBI secretariat is racing against time to have the signatures by Thursday.

“Latest, by Thursday we should be done,” Junet said.

According to the action plan, the secretariat is expected to submit the signatures and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on December 9 for verification.

The Constitution says that if IEBC is satisfied with the signatures, it will submit the draft Bill to each county assembly for consideration within three months after the date it was submitted.

“If a county assembly approves the draft Bill within three months after the date it was submitted by the commission, the speaker of the county assembly shall deliver a copy of the draft Bill jointly to the Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament, with a certificate that the county assembly has approved it,” Article 257(6) states.

If the Bill is approved by a majority of the 47 assemblies -at least 24- it shall be introduced in Parliament without immediately.

The Bill is passed if it is supported by a majority of members in both the Senate and the National Assembly and submitted to the President for assent.

However, because the amendment Bill touches on the supremacy of the 2010 Constitution and also seeks to alter Parliament and devolution, it will have to be subjected to referendum.

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