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NO cash to verify Okoa Kenya signatures, IEBC says

21 January 2016, 20:59

Nairobi - There is no money to verify Okoa Kenya signatures, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC has said.

In a report on the Daily Nation, the IEBC says it has no funds to use in verifying the upto 1.4 million signatures presented to the Commision by the CORD Coalition for the purposes of the planned referendum.

IEBC CEO Ezra Chibole is quoted as saying that the Commision is at the moment trying its best to deal with the verification of the signatures but that the process is a strain on its resources.

" The commission has requested funds under the supplementary budget to move to the next level. We have completed preliminary work awaiting funds to move to the next level of verification,” Chiloba said.

The commission already indicated that it was underfunded this year when it requested KES 2 billion but only got KES 500 million.

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In a report on The Standard, the IEBC had said it needed as many as 120 to 150 staff to verify the signatures which was a problem for it because of the strenuous nature of its funding.

Chiloba had also suggested that to save money, the referendum question could be included in the General Election ballot paper.

“The referendum is not guaranteed because the sponsors must persuade at least half of the 47 counties to approve the Bill for it to proceed. But Kenyans will have to decide the best sequence, because having a major electoral event in the same cycle as the General Election has its challenges,” Chiloba said.

The CORD Coalition seeks to enact a number of changes to the Constitution via the referendum which requires over half of the 47 Counties to agree with to pass the required threshold.

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