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70 extra constituencies in constitutional amendment bill not feasible, Duale

KNA    The proposed 70 extra constituencies contained in the constitutional amendment bill 2020 is not feasible as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is time barred, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has said. 

 

Duale said the delimitation of the constituencies can only be done one year before the general elections.

 

Citing article 89 and sub-article three of the constitution, the former national assembly majority leader said that by the time the judges at the appeal court give their verdict on August 20, there will be no time to delimit the constituencies.

The former national assembly majority leader was speaking Saturday at the North Eastern National polytechnic in Garissa Town where he issued cheques worth Sh1.12 million from the constituency kitty to students from poor backgrounds pursuing various courses in colleges across the country.

“It’s a happy day for me because the 70 constituencies in the BBI draft were not delimited in accordance with article 10 of the constitution on the values and principles of governance,” Duale said.

He said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had powers to carry out the delimitation of the constituency early enough ahead of next year’s general elections.

Duale said the electoral body has a tight schedule among them voter registration and education hence is not allowed to conduct the delimitation one year to the general election.

The Garissa township legislator said no public participation was done in connection with the proposed extra constituencies as proposed by the BBI.

He claimed that a certain political class, in a discriminatory manner, decided to distribute the 70 constituencies leaving other large deserving areas among them North Eastern region.

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