The signature collection drive for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020 has come to an end.
BBI Secretariat co-chairs Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru announced that 5.2 million signatures had been collected by Friday morning.
The secretariat is expected to process the signatures within three days before submitting them to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for verification and approval.
“We have collected 5.2 million signatures by this (Friday) morning. These signatures will be processed within 3 days and a form will be presented to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for validation,” Waweru said.
The team said it expects IEBC to complete signature authentication within two weeks and exuded confidence that the referendum process will be smooth.
“We don’t expect challenges with the IEBC since we earlier engaged the commission on the format that they will use to present the signatures for verification,” Waweru said.
ODM leader Raila Odinga hailed Kenyans for endorsing the bill in urge numbers and urged IEBC to move with speed and verify the signatures.
“Let IEBC move fast and release the process to the next stage which is county assemblies, then to Parliament before it goes to the people to have a final say.”
“I know Kenyans are not slow learners when it comes to changing the way they are governed and they have spoken,” he said.
Odinga slammed Deputy President William Ruto for calling for the BBI consensus and holding the referendum alongside the 2022 general election.
“They opposed it when there was a time for them to give their views only to come now and say they want consensus.”
“The election itself has many seats and IEBC is proposing it should be staggered so adding another referendum question will be too much for the voter,” Odinga added.