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BBI secretariat to submit signatures

Bysimon mugo

Dec 9, 2020
From left, Hon. Junet Mohamed and BBI co-chair Hon. Dennis Waweru. They said that the BBI secretariat will submit 3 million signatures to the to the IEBC tomorrow.

The Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) secretariat will submit the signatures they collected to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) tomorrow for verification.

On Wednesday, BBI co-chair Dennis Waweru said they will submit 3 million signatures to the IEBC tomorrow at 10 am. Adding that they have done an internal verification of the signatures.

“We will submit the internally verified signatures in both manual and digital format to IEBC tomorrow at 10 am,” said Waweru.

Waweru has said that there shall be no further amendments to the bill. The BBI co-chair Hon. Junet Mohamed flanked him.

“There shall not be any changes to the bill by the way of addition or subtraction. And there is an agreement on that,” said Waweru.

Waweru added that part of the BBI team are at the ground enlightening Kenyans on the comprehends of the BBI bill.

“Other members of our team are undertaking civic education of the bill in various parts of the country. To help deepen the understanding of the document and to ensure that Kenyans internalize the issues therein.  And can therefore make an informed decision during the referendum,” said Waweru.

Meanwhile, the BBI co-chair Junet Mohamed refuted those pressing for more dialogue on the BBI. He said that the time for talks is closed.

From left, Hon. Junet Mohamed and BBI co-chair Hon. Dennis Waweru. They said that the BBI secretariat will submit 3 million signatures to the to the IEBC tomorrow.
From left, Hon. Junet Mohamed and BBI co-chair Hon. Dennis Waweru. They said that the BBI secretariat will submit 3 million signatures to the to the IEBC tomorrow.

“Those people who are giving conditions now, is too late in the day because this process must move forward. Kenyans cannot be held ransom using this BBI,” said Junet Mohamed.

The process of BBI bill: BBI secretariat to submit signatures

Upon receiving the signatures, the IEBC will then verify the bill. The IEBC will confirm whether at least 1 million registered voters support the bill.

If satisfied with the signatures, the IEBC will then submit the bill to the county assemblies of the 47 counties. The counties will debate the bill within three months.

At least 24 out of the 47 counties must support the bill for it to proceed to parliament.

From the parliament, the process will then culminate in a referendum. The Kenyans will either vote for or against the BBI. The Kenyan constitution of 2010 holds that at least twenty percent of the registered voters in at least half of the counties vote in the referendum.

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Where a majority of registered voters vote for the bill, the president will then within 30 days assent to the bill. Then the bill will become a law and gazetted.