By Nita Karume—
The IEBC Sh8 billion allocation for boundaries review by Parliament. The funds will be used to conduct a second review of the ward and constituency boundaries within four years.
According to the Chairman Wafula Chebukati, the exercise will entail intensive stakeholders consultation as well as public participation. Furthermore, the commission proposed the purchase of GIS equipment and hire boundary experts.
Among the resources from the funding, there will be an induction workshop for commissioners and their management. There will also be staff training on delimitation, designing legal framework, procedures, processes and decision-making structures for boundaries demarcation.
According to the released memo, “The methodology and process will be through intensive and extensive stakeholders consultations, public participation through public hearings, outreach and mega data analysis of the criteria set out in Article 89,”
Last year, the National Super Alliance was against the Chebukati team overseeing the review of the electoral boundaries. According to the alliance, the commission would lean towards what they termed as Jubilee strongholds.
After the declaration of the new constitution, the electoral body created 290 constituencies up to 210. Subsequently, 1,450 wards were created.