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Raila gives IEBC 3 days to finish with Okoa Kenya signatures

07 February 2016, 10:59

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has demanded that the IEBC finish verifying its Okoa Kenya referendum signatures by Monday, not the end of February as announced.

The Star reports that the CORD leader said the commission had been given 90 days to carry out the exercise for subsequent debating and approval at county assemblies.

Noting the signatures were submitted in November, he says, in line with requirements in the constitution, Raila accused the IEBC of deliberately delaying the verification.

“We are giving the commission up to next Monday. If they fail we will take the signatures to county assemblies for approval to initiate a referendum,” he said.

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The Standard, in its own report stated that the Opposition chief assured supporters that the campaign for the referendum is still on and dismissed claims that he is pushing for it to stay relevant.

The referendum is for the public, not the Opposition, he said, and underlined that the Cord coalition will not relent in its push to address matters affecting common man. 

The former PM said the Okoa Kenya Bill is key to reforms.

“Okoa Kenya initiative is to help us have a referendum that will help rectify the many wrongs committed by the Jubilee coalition. The Government is keen on killing devolution and other constitutional organs. Okoa Kenya is our only saviour,” Raila said.

He called on Kenyans to defend the Constitution, adding that it was attained after many lives were lost and every citizen has a right to protect it.

The IEBC has stated in recent times that it does not have the funds to complete the exercise as it is tedious and requires trained personnel to complete.

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