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Siaya County approves BBI Constitution Amendment Bill

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Siaya County Assembly County on Wednesday became the first in the country to give a nod to the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) Constitution Amendment Bill 2020.

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This comes days after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Chairman Wafula Chebukati submitted the BBI draft bill to the 47 Counties for consideration within three months.

Speaking on Wednesday the County Assembly Speaker, George Okode said the house passed the bill unanimously and he will now proceed to deliver a copy of the draft bill to the national assembly as well as a Certificate showing the Bill’s approval.

The constitution stipulates that “If a draft Bill has been approved by a majority of the county assemblies, it shall be introduced in Parliament without delay.”

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“As a house what we have done is to make sure that the public has been involved substantially, we have done presenter mentions in the local radio station, we engaged through interviews and we also did public participation in all six sub counties within Siaya County.” Okode stated

Siaya Governor, Cornel Rasanga, who spoke shortly after passage of the Bill called upon other County Assemblies to pass the BBI Constitution amendment bill saying it’s meant to benefit Kenyans.

“I’m satisfied that the due process that was followed in this regard was in accordance with the law and it captures the spirit of the people of Siaya and therefore the support we are giving BBI we want it to be extended so that other Counties do the same,” he said

With the approval of Siaya County the IEBC now requires 23 more County Assemblies to approve the Bill before moving to the next stage of a referendum.

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