IEBC yet to receive Thirdway Alliance petition on reduction of MPs

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Dr. Ekuru Aukot
Thirdway Alliance Kenya Chair Dr. Ekuru Aukot
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said it has not received any proposal from Thirdway Alliance Party over its push to have the number of Members of Parliament reduced.

IEBC Chair, Wafula Chebukati, said the commission was yet to receive formal petition from the opposition party over the matter and denied knowledge of such a development.

He however assured that the commission was ready to respond and deal with the matter once it was formally brought to their attention.

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Earlier this week, Thirdway Alliance officials led by Ekuru Aukot, are said to have met with IEBC over their planned push for a referendum to have the number of MPs drastically slashed to reduce the cost of running parliament.

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The party plans to collect one million signatures to accompany the bill in parliament.

At the same time, Chebukati who was speaking on Thursday in Nyeri said they are in the process of changing the face of the electoral body by creating a strong bond with the citizens to boost public confidence.

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Chebukati who has embarked on a tour of all the counties, said his intention was reform the electoral body so that it can resonate well with the public as well as promote democracy.

“We want use civic education to nurture democratic space in order to have a commission that resonates well with people,” Chebukati said.

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He said their aspiration was to have a body that engages with people throughout instead of just coming in at the onset of an electoral cycle.

Meanwhile, the chair announced that arrangements were complete for Ruguru Ward, Mathira Constituency, by-election on April 18 following the death of Peter Weru on December 12.

Weru collapsed while delivering a speech during Jamhuri Day celebration and died hours later while receiving treatment at Outspan Hospital.

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