Big blow to BBI ahead of court ruling as IEBC issues statement on new constituencies and voter registration

Kenyan poll body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is once again at it making clarifications that no new constituencies will be gazetted before the next general election.

Speaking during the flagging of the voter education week, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati clarified that the delimitation process will be completed by early next year on March 2022.

The poll body is tasked with monitoring and reviewing of the boundaries and names of Constituencies within the country at an interval of not less than and more than eight and twelve years respectively.

The last review took place 9 years ago in 2012 towards the 2013 general election when President Uhuru Kenyatta clinched his first term in office.

The IEBC chair noted that the last review took a little longer to be effected because of the delayed challenges in the funding of the whole process.

“The commission has initiated capacity building for its staff, procurement of requisite tools and conduct of a pilot boundaries review. However, these processes have been hampered by inadequate budgetary allocation,” the chairperson clarified in February 2020.

Today’s statement by the commission is a confirmation that it had received the funding exercise as well as an allocation to conduct the voter registration exercise.

The commission has confirmed that the registration exercise will commence in July 2021 with Sh14.6 billion already allocated for the exercise, and is currently targeting 25 million new voters this time.

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