NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has handed over to the Office of the President verified signatures of 826 petitioners who supported dissolution of the Makueni County Government.
According to IEBC Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager Tabitha Mutemi, the IEBC reviewed the 50,826 signatures of the petitioners and confirmed they are genuine.
“The commission did verify the signatures within three days and forwarded a report to the office of the president at close of business today 15th December 2014 for further action,” she said.
IEBC received the 249 booklets to verify whether signatories in support of the Petition were registered voters in the County of Makueni.
It was also mandated to check if the petitioners meet the threshold of the County Government Act.
On December 9, President Uhuru Kenyatta after chairing a summit of Governors at State House Nairobi, said he would establish a commission to consider the petition by Makueni residents to dissolve the county government after the IEBC verified the 50,826 signatures.
It was the president’s view that residents of Makueni engage in reconciliation to ensure the row does not interfere with the management of the country affairs.
A meeting of the national and county government resolved that the commission set up should investigate the petition by Makueni voters to send the Governor and Members of County Assembly (MCA) home.
Makueni hit headlines following leadership wrangles between Governor Kivutha Kibwana and the MCAs.