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IEBC hires 120 officers to verify Okoa Kenya signatures

23 December 2015, 17:06 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC has hired 120 officers to verify whether the 1.4 million Okoa Kenya signatures presented by the CORD coalition are legitimate.

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba stated Wednesday that the Commision has been forced to go the long way in the verification process as it did not have soft copies of the signatures.

" The fact that the signatures are in hard copy has made this a tedious task," he stated.

" If they were in soft copy then we could have easily run it against a database we have on the BVR system to ensure that they are in good shape. That would also have cut down the work needed to verify the signatures," he added.

Chiloba stated that the IEBC had already spoken to the CORD Coalition to inform them of some of the issues with the signatures.

" We also have an issue in that only 17 of the 217 booklets with signatures have original copies of ID's. The rest do not, which is a big issue," he added.

CORD wants the IEBC to verify the signatures as it seeks to use them in its referendum campaign which requires it to collect 1 million signatures to force through a public referendum.

The CORD coalition wants the referendum in-order to push for an increase in funding for County governments as well as seek other changes to the Constitution.

After the IEBC verifies the signatures, it will move them forward to County governments which will debate the bill.

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