IEBC has decided to field multiple referendum questions as suggested by Deputy President William Ruto.
Inside sources have it that the electoral body is already crafting appropriate multiple questions for the upcoming BBI referendum.
A multiple-choice referendum is DP Ruto’s idea, something he says will help the country avoid a contested referendum, saying a No and Yes campaign would divide the country.
Pundits argue that the Msambweni mini-polls could have informed the decision by BBI proponents to adopt DP Ruto’s idea in a bid to avoid a shameful No result in the referendum.
“You’d rather have a few questions sail through than the whole thing flop altogether. The President is careful on what could possibly happen with an omnibus BBI question,” says Mr. Masinde.
The framing of the referendum questions has been the main battlefront for several weeks now, with Deputy President William Ruto’s camp suggesting each contentious issue be voted on separately.
According to Ruto, to avoid losing the good proposals in the bill, voters should be allowed to cherry-pick so that popular proposals are not sacrificed while railroading an entire document with offensive clauses.
However, Raila’s camp led by Senator Orengo has been opposed to the idea, terming it a crafty way of derailing the BBI process.
“In a referendum, there is no option of putting each of the different clauses to a separate vote. For BBI, the Referendum Bill is the question and Kenyans will have to vote either Yes or No on it,” Mr. Orengo said.
Senator Orengo admits that with a multiple-choice referendum, a number of the proposals in the Constitutional Amendment Bill risk being rejected.
“If you have multiple questions, you will have a scenario where others are rejected and others are passed,” says the outspoken Siaya Senator.
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi says the responsibility of framing the referendum question belongs to the electoral body.
“We cannot advise them on how they should do it as IEBC is independent and are the ones who will independently frame the question,” says Mr. Mudavadi.
There are those of the opinion that Uhuru and Ruto could be playing a game that will surprise many in 2022.
“ODM should fully interrogate their relationship with President Uhuru, otherwise they would be surprised, but too late,” says Mwalimu Victor.