, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy’s Okoa Kenya initiative has collapsed since signatures supporting the initiative fall short of the one million required by law.
The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission said in a statement late Tuesday the number of valid registered voters supporting the OKOA Kenya popular initiative stood at 891,598.
“This falls short of the 1 million required by law,” IEBC Chairperson Issack Hassan declared.
Article 257(4) of the Constitution states that: “The promoters of a popular initiative shall deliver the draft Bill and the supporting signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which shall verify that the initiative is supported by at least one million registered voters.”
“Therefore, the commission wishes to declare that the OKOA Kenya proposal to amend the Constitution initiative has collapsed by operation of the law,” the commission chairperson stated.
It is a blow to CORD leaders led by Raila Odinga who wanted to kick off the campaigns for the referendum seeking to amend the Constitution over various issues among them increasing of funds allocated to county governments.
The coalition had earlier accused IEBC of derailing the process “through a sluggish manner of verifying the signatures.”
Their leaders recently accused IEBC of snubbing them when they visited the IEBC offices but the commission said they had been notified the bosses would not be available.