, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 2 – The Okoa Kenya referendum push has hit the 1.4 million signature mark, according to a statement by the movement’s secretariat.
The secretariat which is coordinating the signature collection says it is targeting to collect five million signatures despite the fact that the law requires only one million signatures.
“The first batch of 1,800 books distributed to Members of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly), ODM, Wiper and FORD-Kenya party officials and volunteers in the Western Kenya, Rift Valley and Nairobi regions have all been filled with signatures,” the statement reads in part.
It further states that the exercise is expected to move to Coast, Eastern, and Central and North Eastern regions this week where the delegations will be issued with 2,000 books.
The signature collection which started two weeks ago pushes for a plebiscite to amend clauses in the Constitution to among other issues increase the allocation of funds to counties to enable them deliver more services to the electorate.
The Okoa Kenya Secretariat is urging Kenyans from all walks of life to put their signatures in the books at designated areas in their regions to enable it reach the five million plus mark.
The technical committee headed by Paul Mwangi is in the process of drafting a Bill which together with the batch of signatures will be handed over to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for review.
Mwangi says the committee is currently holding consultations on the issues by seeking public opinion on the proposed amendments.