26 constituencies are likely to be scrapped off by the IEBC should they be found to be ineligible. The pending national census which is slated to begin on August 24th has sent shock waves down the spine of MPs representing these constituencies as their jobs are now hanging on a thin thread. IEBC is expected to change boundaries to achieve population uniformity once the census is compete. A constituency should have a minimum of 133,000 residents according to IEBC threshold.
After the 2009 census, the Ligale commission listed a number of constituencies to have fallen short of the 133,000 mark. These constituencies will be on the radar this time round whether they should be scrapped off or they have the needed number of residents.
They are Mathioya (88,219), Mogotio (60,959), Murkurweini (83,932), Mvita (75,153), Mwatate (75,591), Ndaragwa (92,626), North Horr (75,196), Othaya (87,374), Saku (46,502), Samburu East (59,094), Tetu (78,320), Vihiga (91,616), Voi (86,801), Wundanyi (58,600), and Mbeere North (89,037).
Others are Budalang’i (66,723), Bura (82,454), Galole (60,866), Isiolo South (43,110), Kangema (76,988), Keiyo North (73,715), Kilome (87,864), Laisamis (65,669), Lamu East (18,841), Lamu West (82,698), and Marakwet East (78,749).
IEBC has said it will not hesitate to dissolve or the merge the constituencies which have fallen short of the number, something that is worrying respective MPs from the suspected constituencies.
Already, a bill is to be presented to Parliament seeking to save the MPs and compelling the IEBC to abide by Parliament’s resolution on the same.
“The Bill seeks to make it mandatory for IEBC to submit a report to Parliament containing details of proposed alterations to the names or boundaries of constituencies, and number, names, or boundaries of wards The commission shall publish in the Kenya Gazette the final report as approved by Parliament within seven days of approval. . ,” the proposed law reads in part.