Wednesday September 18, 2019-Former IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba has emerged from the woods and dismissed Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot's Punguza Mizigo initiative as a populist bill riding on the wave of the debate on public wage.

In an article published by Policy House (PH), Chiloba blasted the bill, stating that while it raised a few weighty issues, it was not well informed in terms of statistics and accuracy.

He claimed that the bill has been framed around the issue of reducing representation in Parliament, but it did not highlight how that would lower the cost of governance.

According to Chiloba, Aukot Bill is a means to stir public sympathy, but without necessarily recommending a way out of the social and political quagmire that Kenyans find themselves in.

He also attacked the provision that called for the reduction of constituencies from 290 to 47, stating that it did not give a formula of how the wards would be delimited.

“Having done away with 290 constituencies, we shall have 47 counties as “constituencies.” If a multiplier of five applies, as was the case in 2012, we shall have only 235 wards, a number that is less than the current constituencies," he argued.

In his argument, if the Punguza Mizigo bill sails through, then the number of wards would be reduced from 1,450 to 705, which he opined would negatively affect representation.

 “The Punguza Mizigo initiative creates a blurry line on the mode of establishment and function of Kenya’s Senate and National Assembly. Without creating a distinction of the two seats from an electoral system design perspective, Punguza Mizigo renders the bicameral system weak,” Chiloba concluded.

The bill has so far been rejected in 4 of the 5 counties where it has been pitched, with the MCAs stating that they were awaiting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.



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