November 14, 2018

Chebukati announces changes IEBC will make before 2022 General Election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has spoken on changes it intends to make before the next General Election.

According to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, the commission is expected to revise the constituency boundaries.

Mr Chebukati pointed out on Thursday (15/2/18) that borders would be adjusted following the 2019 national census.

The process, which must be done by 2021, a year before the 2022 election, will start its groundwork this month but will begin after the census.

“We are confident that the process will go well but the revision of borders within the country might involve some citizens being relocated from their homes,” said Chebukati.

“The IEBC Chairman met with the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (COIC) in a preliminary and planning engagement on electoral boundary review.

“Will also brief Council of Governors, County Assemblies, the Media, Faith-based organisations, specialists and others,” a tweet by IEBC read on Thursday.

Chebukati spoke soon after a meeting with the Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee today.

The Opposition led by ANC’s and NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi had criticised the move saying IEBC will favour the Jubilee regime.

“IEBC will give many constituencies to Jubilee. We know IEBC is planning to add constituencies but it cannot be trusted to deal with electoral boundaries. Even European Union observers indicated that IEBC cannot be trusted,” Mr Mudavadi said in January.

The last review happened in 2010, conducted by the Andrew Ligale-led boundary review commission and is bound for review after every 8-12 years.

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