Launch of signatures collection drive underway at KICC

The launch of signature collection meant to support proposals to amend the 2010 constitution through the Building Bridges initiative process is underway at the Kenyatta international convention centre, COMESA grounds.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime minister Raila Odinga are scheduled to sign the BBI form during the ceremony. A host of political leaders and other invited guests are also attending the event.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had yesterday approved the form and format for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signatures collection setting in motion the process of collecting at least one million signatures to back amendments to the Constitution as proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative report.

The BBI Secretariat had initially postponed the signature collection drive over the delayed publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill.

If the proposals of the document are to be subjected to a referendum, then proponents of the report must collect at least one million signatures with the initiative taking the form of a formulated draft bill or a   question.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will then have to verify the signatures before submitting the draft Bill to each county assembly for consideration. This has to be done within three months after the date it was submitted to the electoral body.

The draft Bill has to be endorsed by the majority of the county assemblies (at least 24 county assemblies) for it to move to the next level where it will be introduced in parliament.

A copy of the draft Bill will be delivered to the speakers of the two Houses of parliament by respective county assembly speakers including a certificate authenticating its approval by the county assembly.

The launch of the signatures collection on Wednesday means that the journey towards amending the constitution has officially kicked off despite dissenting opinion from a section of Kenyans who were calling for further engagements in an effort to avoid a contested referendum.





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