After CORD Used Mpesa Books, IEBC Throws Out Okoa Kenya Referendum

After CORD Used Mpesa Books, IEBC Throws Out Okoa Kenya Referendum

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  • For a referendum a Million signatures of registered voters are required

Showdown looms after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) threw out the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy’s (CORD) Okoa Kenya referendum push.

IEBC said that CORD failed to reach achieve the one million registered voter support threshold as only 891,598 supported the initiative.

The IEBC, during its 142nd Plenary Meeting held Tuesday, adopted the report on the verification of signatures of registered voters in support of the proposed constitutional amendment presented by OKOA Kenya Initiative.

The Constitution of Kenya 2010, Article 257(4) states: “The promoters of a popular initiative shall deliver the draft Bill and the supporting signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which shall verify that the initiative is supported by at least one million registered voters.”

IEBC said: “The analysis of the data presented by the OKOA Kenya popular initiative has shown that that the number of valid registered voters supporting the initiative is 891,598. This falls short of the one million registered voters required by law.”

“Therefore, the Commission wishes to declare that the OKOA Kenya proposal to amend the constitution initiative has collapsed by operation of the law.”

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