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IEBC in eye of a storm as it begins reviewing boundaries - 10 Jan 2018 00:20

By: Patrick Lang'at ...

The electoral agency will from this month face another storm over a planned review of boundaries, with politicians already agitating for more constituencies. The exercise by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is expected to end a year to the 2022 General Election. Kenya has 290 constituencies, up from 210 in the review completed in 2012, and 1,450 wards created during the same period — a figure some say is abnormally high. “Common sense dictates that we should be reducing constituencies to not more than the 188 we had,” Prof Herman Manyora, a University of Nairobi don, said Tuesday. Boundary reviews are emotive, a matter that IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati is aware of. REVIEW “Everything must be done to ensure the review does not polarise communities,” Mr Chebukati told the Nation early this week. “We will engage the public at constituency and ward levels to create awareness and better understanding on ...
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