The push for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill got a major boost after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared the way for the bill to move to the county assemblies.
This was after ascertaining that the process was supported by at least one million registered voters as required by law.
Coincidentally, the announcement was issued the same day ODM leader, Raila Odinga, was meeting with Kenya’s Universities student leaders to sensitise them on the BBI Bill homogeneous objectives of bringing Kenyans together.
He was accompanied by former University of Nairobi’s student leaders, Siaya Senator James Aggrey Bob Orengo and Embakasi East Constituency MP Babu Owino.
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati, in a letter to all 47 county assembly speakers dated January 26, 2021, said the signature verification exercise revealed that the initiative was supported by 1,140,845 registered voters.
This was out of the over 4.4. million signatures that the BBI Secretariat presented to the commission on December 10, 2020.
“The Commission, through interim verification of data captured as of 19th January 2021, has confirmed and is satisfied that the Initiative has been supported by 1,140,845 registered voters. This is therefore to notify you that the Initiative has met the requisite threshold as provided in Article 257 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” read the letter to the 47 speakers.
“Pursuant to Article 257 (5) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, the Commission hereby submits a copy of the draft BBI (Constitutional Amendment) Bill 2020, to your County Assembly for consideration within three months from the date hereof.”
Chebukati further added: “In conformity with Article 257(6) you are required to submit the decisions of your County Assembly to the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate within three months from the date of this letter.”