The electoral commission, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has made public the failure of Opposition’s Okoa Kenya referendum initiative, stating that it has ended.
The commission met on Tuesday to hold talks and adopt the report by the technical team concerning the issue. The meeting which was led by chairman, Isaac Hassan analysed the information which OKOA initiative had presented. According to the data that was analyzed, eligible registered voters whose votes are bound to count stockpiled 891,598 votes for the initiative – clearly less than the required one million signatures.
A statement signed by Hassan reads:
“The analysis of the data presented by the OKOA Kenya popular initiative has shown that that the number of valid registered voters supporting the initiative is 891,598. This falls short of the one million registered voters required by law.
“Therefore, the Commission wishes to declare that the OKOA Kenya proposal to amend the constitution initiative has collapsed by operation of the law”.
Article 257(4) of the Constitution requires that the initiative will only be endorsed if it gathers up a million signatures and a proof to back this is represented.
Article states that:
“A draft Bill shall be presented by the promoters of a famous initiative and the supporting signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, and the commission will verify that the initiative has a minimum of one million registered voters.”
Following this report, Moses Wetang’ula and other cord leaders in a quick response spoke up against the decision calling it a scam and off-putting. They opined that the decision shows a glaring illegal collaboration between the ruling party and the electoral commission.
Wetang’ula questioned that:
“It confirms the conspiracy between IEBC and Jubilee leaders. If that is not the case then how did Jubilee leaders know about this outcome days before the commission made public?
He reveals that his coalition has several options and can still have its way citing some of the solutions to include “judicial and extrajudicial, adding that it will surely choose either of them.
Speaking at a press conference at Serena Hotel yesterday, opposition chiefs Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and tens of lawmakers also promised their supporters that the coalition will see the termination of the employment of IEBC commissioners from their offices. They promised “a major statement” on the direction of the referendum push.
CORD leaders also noted that IEBC can not be trusted in the election with the way they make decision now.
Kalonzo insist that they cannot go to the next elections with the IEBC, advising the commission to pack up and go for their own good.
Meanwhile, Cord leader Raila Odinga was not at the press conference, as he is in South Africa.