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IEBC : It’s All About 400 BBI Signature Verification Clerks

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IEBC started the BBI signatures verification exercise yesterday.

The electoral commission on Wednesday launched the verification of BBI signatures.

The IEBC said that the 400 clerks employed for the project had taken their oath of confidentiality and would begin the exercise immediately.

“The 400 clerks who were recruited for the exercise have taken their oath of secrecy and will begin their training shortly,” IEBC said via Twitter.

Call For Applications

IEBC  called for applications for the posts of signature verification clerks on December 19.

In a notice, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said 400 clerks were needed for the verification process.

They will be paid Sh1,200 per day for the exercise. This will cost Sh480,000 per day.

Applicants were to be  Kenyan citizens with high integrity,  with a form four certificate, computer literate, with data entry skills.

Also, applicants were to be from Nairobi county, and if not, interested candidates should arrange for their own accommodation during that period, Chebukati said.

The Deadline

The deadline for submission of the application was 24 December.

The National Treasury approved Sh93.7 million funding to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for the verification of BBI signatures.

Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani approved the amount after deliberations with IEBC managers.

The IEBC sought Sh241 million from the Exchequer to review the signatures.

The commission had indicated it would take about 85 days to verify the signatures if their request for Sh241 million was heeded to.

The provision from the Treasury was to be used to hire and train clerks who will verify the signatures.

“Burning Bridges Initiative”

IEBC is on the spot following a tweet posted on its page.

The post named the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) as “Burning Bridges Initiative.”

Netizens were able to pinpoint the “error” that led to a heated discussion on social media.

Most of them criticized the IEBC of prejudice.

Some also thought that it was just a typing mistake dismissing allegations that the comment was intentional.

In the tweet that has since been removed, IEBC told members of the public that the validation process of the recently submitted BBI signatures has begun.

It’s All About 400 BBI Signature Verification Clerks

Tanga Tanga

The IEBC tweet also sparked speculation that the commission was allied with legislators from Tanga Tanga.

Legislators who protested the BBI referendum that is scheduled to be held next year.

The 400 clerks who were recruited for the exercise have taken their oath of secrecy and will begin their training shortly

IEBC

On December 19, the IEBC BBI signature verification vacancies were advertised.

Recently, the National Treasury approved Ksh93.7 million of the Commission’s funding for the verification of over four million signatures.

On December 19, the vacancies were advertised.

Recently, the National Treasury approved Ksh93.7 million of the Commission’s funding for the verification of over four million signatures.

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