House team wants fresh boundaries review
By Beauttah Omanga
Regions that had celebrated the new constituencies may have to hold their horses after a parliamentary committee resolved to have the boundaries review done afresh.
Sources at the Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee told The Standard yesterday that they were deliberating on a new and acceptable formula as per the new Constitution based on fresh delimitations.
"We are almost agreeing on a new formula which will eventually change the boundaries as they were announced by the Andrew Ligale-led Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC)," said the source.
Briefing journalists during the first day of consultations the Committee’s Chairman Ababu Namwamba said his team was finalising a report to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow, with recommendations likely to end the implementation of the new Constitution stalemate.
Mr Namwamba accompanied by Parliament Implementation Committee Chairman Mohammed Abdikadir and 7 committee members said they were discussing the Ligale proposals in line with what MPs agreed on during the recent retreat at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA).
The Committee’s retreat at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Nairobi, ends today when they are expected to reveal their proposals. Among the documents they went through included oral proposals by some leaders whose regions had reportedly been short-changed in the initial boundaries list.
Namwamba disclosed that their report will be a panacea to the standoff that has caused panic in some quarters that if Parliament failed to agree on the way forward before the Christmas break, then chances of a constitutional crisis were high leading to the dissolution of Parliament.
Yesterday, he said the MPs were confident that the hurdles to the smooth implementation would be cleared as from tomorrow when he will table the Ligale report and the new Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
He said the Bill is ready and was part of what his team was discussing before tabling. " We are doing everything possible to ensure that the issues that have blocked the full implementation of the new Constitution are cleared," he said.
Namwamba said the new Bill would address issues concerning creation of new constituencies and what the new Commission’s role will be. He said MPs recommended during the KIA meeting a week ago that the new Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), once created, be mandated to complete the work started by the IIBRC.
Sources said the Legal Committee was working on the scraping of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission headed by Ahmed Issack Hassan this week to create room for the new IEBC.
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