The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has dimmed CORD’s dreams of having a referendum to change the constitution before the general election by declaring that the signatures presented for verification are not genuine.
The commission’s statement posted on their Facebook account read:
“The number of valid registered voters supporting OKOA Kenya popular initiative is 891,598. This falls short of the 1 million required by the law”
Earlier the IEBC claimed that most of the signatures forwarded to their offices at Anniversary towers were fake. The commission claimed that CORD bought M Pesa books that contained signatures and used them as valid signatures.
The IEBC’s statement marks the end of Raila’s ambitions to test his popularity before the next general elections. The statement will also likely to force the opposition call for the disbandment of the commission, citing open favoritism to the Jubilee administration.