By Moses Njagih
Electoral Commission has gazetted the final list of constituencies and electoral wards to be contested in coming elections, effectively removing the only hurdle on the road to the national exercise.
In publishing the final rundown of the 290 units within which parliamentary constituency and Senator and County Assembly seats will be fought, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission set the ball rolling in preparation for the first elections under new Constitution.
The two processes were undeliverable earlier because voters had to first know where they would vote, and the potential candidates where they would register.
Barring ruling by court on cases that may be filed by those who feel aggrieved or fear they would not be effectively represented in the new units, the names and boundaries of 290 constituencies and 1450 county wards can now be said to be final.
There was also a shocker for Parliament from the gazettement on Tuesday: IEBC rejected the proposed additional 110 wards MPs had added to the proposed commission list.
The commission chaired by Mr Ahmed Isaack Hassan released its final report after trashing the recommendation of Parliament to increase the number of County Assembly wards to1,560.
An analysis of the proposals along the former eight provinces shows Rift Valley retains an additional 27 constituencies, taking up its total to 76.
Nyanza gets the second highest additional electoral units with 10, which pushes up its tally to 42 constituencies.
Western and Nairobi get the second highest additional electoral units, with nine constituencies each, raising their tally to 33 and 17.
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