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Busia, West Pokot county assemblies pass the BBI Bill



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The Busia and West Pokot county assemblies have now become the fourth and fifth counties to pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) driven Constitutional Amendment Bill.

In Busia, the House passed the BBI Bill this morning after a majority of the MCAs supported it with only one of them opposing it.

Addressing the press after the vote, Busia County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said he will make the formal communication to the Speakers of both the National Assembly and the Senate.

The West Pokot County Assembly on the other hand unanimously passed the bill.

The two bring to five, counties that have passed the bill.

Siaya Kisumu and Homa Bay Counties have so far okayed the plebiscite.

West Pokot county assembly.

The Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill, 2020 will require the approval of 24 out of 47 Counties for it to move to the next stage.

County Assemblies have until April 26th to pass or reject the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill, 2020.

On January 26th, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) sent the bill to county assemblies.

BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill sent to the counties

This was after the commission successfully verified 1.1 million signatures.

Kericho and Baringo counties have so far rejected the bill.

Baringo County assembly was the first county in Kenya to reject the BBI bill in a day of debate that degenerated into chaos.

The county assembly voted overwhelmingly against the bill with 30 MCAs voting no and only 5 voting yes.

Five MCAs abstained from the exercise.

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