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Constituencies Likely To Be Scrapped Off Based On Provisional 2019 Census Data


Nov. 06, 2019

A number of constituencies could be merged with others for failing to hit the 164,137 people threshold set by the 2010 constitution.
According to the provisional 2019 census data which were released on Monday, 40 constituencies recorded numbers lower than the required, which could see their boundaries altered.
Consequently, this could see the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) get a new responsibility of handling the matter, amid complains from MPs.
The possible victims, as reported by The media, are Laikipia North (36,184), Budalang'i (85,977), Mt Elgon (78,873), Lamu East (22,258), Kuria East (96,872), Mwatate (81,659) and Kathiani (111,890).
Others are; Tetu (80,453), Tiaty (73,424), Lafey (83,457), Keiyo North (99,173), Eldas (88,509), Marakwet East (97,041), Mwingi East (85,139) and Samburu North (67,391).
Kangundo (97,917), Mukurweini (87,137), Samburu East (77,994), Loima (107,795), Mathioya (92,814), Pokot South (80,661), Kangema (80,447), and Turkana North (65,218) are also in danger.
With the risk of losing some constituencies, a section of MPs is now pushing for more funds for constituencies with many, among them Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara, saying that the allocation is currently unfair.
“We get a uniformed allocation in CDF and when you try to disburse the monies into specific projects you find it’s not enough to cover the entire constituency,” Kihara was quoted by the Star.
With the nation approaching the boundaries review, it could be treated to a tussle between the IEBC and politicians opposed to their constituencies being merged with others.
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