Okoa Kenya signatures are fake, Jubilee MPs claim

Friday March 18 2016

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addresses the media at Parliament Buildings in the past. He and other MPs have accused Cord of presenting fake Okoa Kenya referendum signatures to the electoral commission. PHOTO | JEFF  ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addresses the media at Parliament in the past. He and other MPs have accused Cord of presenting fake Okoa Kenya referendum signatures to the electoral commission. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOHN NJAGI
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Jubilee MPs on Thursday accused Cord of presenting fake Okoa Kenya referendum signatures to the electoral commission.

“We have reliable information that the signatures Cord presented to the IEBC are not genuine,” said National Assembly Majority Leader Majority Aden Duale.

He asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to proceed to the next stage, forwarding the referendum Bill to counties, before ensuring the authenticity of the signatures.

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The eight lawmakers, who addressed reporters at Parliament, said Cord should publish in newspapers of national circulation the 1.4 million names and signatures it collected.

They said the coalition should also make the information available at the IEBC's constituency offices in the 47 counties so that Kenyans can verify it.

Githunguri MP Njoroge Baiya said apart from ensuring the signatures are genuine, the IEBC should also find out whether the Kenyans said to have signed in support of the referendum agree with the proposed amendments.

Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja said Cord had committed fraud relating to the signatures.