Scrapping of constituencies will greatly disadvantage Muslims’ Representation right
Galole Member of Parliament Hon Said Hirbae said that scrapping of some constituencies will impede service delivery and disadvantage minority communities’ rights to representation. He said meeting Galole and Bura will affect residents of the two constituencies and will not happen ” come rain or shine. The same sentiment were echoed by other leaders from the coast who said they will do everything to stop the drive. Bura MP Hon Ali Warui warned leaders from these communities will group to revisit against the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) plant to scrap their constituencies. ” We shall use all means possible, including the court’s and the constitution to ensure these constituencies are retained even if they may not met the population threshold” said Hon Wario. Lamu East constituency mps Hon Athman Shariff and Lamu Women Rep Hon Ruweida Obbo supported th3 sentiment and spoke against the merging of Lamu East and West constituencies. They observed that the two constituencies should be left intact since most parts are covered by the Indian Ocean and locals suffered historical land injustices and marginalization. Isiolo South Mp Abdi Koropu Tepu and his Saku counterpart Ali Dodo Rasso said they will move to court yo halt scrapping of their constituencies. ” We will legally figjt IEBC’s move or root for constitutional amendment so that the constituencies who be retained. I take days to go round my constituency unlike other Mps who use hours to cover tjei4 constituencies” said Hon Abdi.
The Saku member of parliament said Saku and other targeted constituencies have been marginalized for over 50 years and would be unfair to scrap them.
During the the first review under the 2010 constitution, some constituencies did not meet the required population size but were protected because of other factors such as landmass. At 27 constituencies are proposed by IEBC for scrapping and merging. The population threshold was set at 133,000 people in the last review. Review of electoral boundaries will be conducted after the March 24-25, 2019 census to determine the population required for a Constituency to maintain its status. For a Constituency to maintain its status, it’s population must be greater or lesser than the quota by either 40 per cent for cities and sparsely populated areas or 30 per cent for others. The quota is arrived at by dividing the total population by the 290 constituencies.