REFERENDUM: “Collection of Signatures to begin Next Week”, Raila

The collection of one million signatures to amend the constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report will commence next week.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga said that he expects the exercise which is to be conducted within 30 days to be done expeditiously so as to pave way for the referendum which is scheduled for next year in June.

“We want that exercise to be done as quickly as possible so that the matter can be handed to the electoral commission and then we can move towards the next phase of a referendum,” he said.

With the roadmap of the referendum process now clear, the next phase will be for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to verify the signatures once the process is complete.

The Wafula Chebukati-led commission is expected to verify the signatures within a period of seven days from the date they would have received the signatures.

The former Prime Minister said the exercise should at least be concluded by April next year.

Raila also pointed out that during the week he will also be meeting various political leaders and groups with a view of building more consensus around the BBI report and perhaps make a few editorial changes to the document.

“We are going to be talking to some representatives including Governors and women representatives and leaders of county assemblies,” he said.