Lawmakers plot to take driverâ€™s seat in boundary review process
SEE ALSO :Group eyes IEBC law on hiring top chief“The bill seeks to make it mandatory for the Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission to submit a report to Parliament containing details of proposed alterations to names and boundaries of constituencies and wards,” states the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill, 2019, published on February 28. “The commission shall prepare and submit to Parliament a report containing details of proposed alterations to the names or boundaries of constituencies and number, names, or boundaries of wards…the commission shall publish in the Gazette the final report as approved by Parliament within seven days of approval,” states the bill. The legislative proposal, if passed, would effectively clip IEBC’s powers in determining constituency boundaries, a function defined in Article 89 of the Constitution. It also means that MPs whose constituencies are in danger of being scrapped for failing to meet the population threshold could lobby on the floor of the House to have them retained. The constituencies were protected in the 2010 Andrew Ligale-led boundary review commission and their fate lies in the upcoming national population census.
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