Elgeyo Marakwet becomes third County to reject BBI Bill

Written By: Prudence Wanza

Elgeyo Marakwet County on Tuesday became the third County to shoot down the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) Constitutional Amendment Bill.

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17 members of the County Assembly voted against the BBI Bill while 15 voted in support.

Baringo County was the first to reject the Bill with at least 30 of its members voting to throw out the BBI Bill.

Nandi County Assembly became the second to reject the Bill last week, Thursday after 23 MCAs voted against the Bill while 13 supported it.

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Uasin Gishu County was also scheduled to debate on the Bill Tuesday afternoon.

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So far, more than 40 counties have debated and endorsed the BBI Bill whose fate now lies with Parliament.

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According to the constitution “If a draft Bill has been approved by a majority of the county assemblies, it shall be introduced in Parliament without delay.”

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The senate and the National assembly will then be expected to communicate their decision to the President who upon receipt will send his message to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to hold a referendum.

The law requires that the electoral body hold a referendum within 90 days upon receipt of the president’s communication.

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