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CORD, IEBC strike deal on Okoa Kenya signatures

16 February 2016, 23:29

Nairobi - The IEBC has agreed to expedite the verification of Cord's 1.4 million Okoa Kenya referendum signatures and submit the Bill to county assemblies by March 1.

The deal, Citizen News reports, was arrived at during a meeting between the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang'ula and Kalonzo Musyoka.

“They gave us the excuse of limited resources and our failure to submit a soft copy of the signatures," Raila said.

"But we agreed that it is not the wish of the executive to provide resources as they wish. The constitution does not say signatures must be in soft copy," he added.

Read alsoODM wants IEBC to prevent 'voter importation'

The Star reported that Wetang'ula said the signatures have been lying around for 90 days and asked the executive to ensure adequate resources, by way of the supplementary budget, are given to the commission.

The meeting at IEBC offices on Monday also agreed to ensure BVR kits are distributed fairly. Cord had accused the IEBC of deepening division along party and ethnic lines by sanctioning the "skewed" distribution of BVR kits. 

The CORD principals have in the recent past been accusing IEBC of deliberately delaying the process after receiving the signatures on November 9th last year.

This comes just a day after the campaign to register at least four million new voters in 30 days kicked off with the IEBC asking Kenyans to turn out in large numbers for the exercise.

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