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IEBC should 'start preparing' for referendum, says CORD

23 October 2014, 13:53 William Korir

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC should start preparing for a referendum, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said.

According to the CORD leader, the Okoa Kenya signature collection team is close to finalizing the 1 million signatures that are needed to push for a referendum by popular vote and that the IEBC should therefore start preparing for the referendum.

" We are finalizing the signatures and then the process moves forward to IEBC level, where after they are presented with signatures, should start preparing for the referendum," he said Wednesday at a Press Conference in Nairobi.

The CORD leader also said that with all three of the coalition's principles returning to the country, referendum campaigns would once again move forward with aplomb.

" It is true that we have all been away but we are very much rejuvenated and looking forward to pushing ahead with the campaign," he added.

On the same day, Okoa Kenya team leader Paul Mwangi said that he was confident they had hit the 1 million signature mark and that  the process of verification was already underway.

Read also: Raila returns on time to lift struggling referendum campaign

He insisted that his team would be done within a month to facilitate the handing over of the signatures to the IEBC in due course.

" We are tallying the figures at the moment and we hope to have the 1 million signatures and maybe even more from what I have been told," he said.

Opinion polls however, paint a different picture of the referendum push, with only 38% of Kenyans at the moment supporting the initiative, nothing to harm the CORD team's purpose.

" We can only work with what we have and we will do so. The rest is at the moment not in our control," Mwangi added.

It is expected that the IEBC will have the signatures by some time in November.

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