Subukia MP wants political, administrative boundaries realigned

Subukia MP Samuel Gachobe has called for the need to realign political and administrative boundaries in his constituency into one for easier service delivery.

Speaking at Akuisi Secondary, the Lawmaker raised concern of how his constituents are divided by political and administrative boundaries making it difficult.

He says a section of Subukia residents are served by Bahati North Deputy County Commissioner, Rongai Deputy County Commissioner and Subukia Deputy County Commissioner.

This he says should be re-looked at to ease service delivery to his constituents who at times are forced to travel longer distances to look for administrative services.

The Legislator stating that once this is re-looked at then there can be creation of more sub locations in areas such as Akuisi where residents will be able tom access administrative services.

“I have a challenge in the area of representation where political and administrative boundaries in this area are not one. That should be re-looked at in future so that our people can be served at one point” said Gachobe.

Gachobe’s sentiments come at time when already there is national conversation on Constituencies’ boundaries review.

In May, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati  stated that scheduled boundaries delimitation would begin in September this year..

He however voiced concerns that the exercise may not be the concluded before 2022 polls given the legal requirement that the delimitation exercise is concluded twelve months before a General Election.

The IEBC said it will use the official census data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), and the 2019 population and housing census results, to guide the review of electoral boundaries.

While reviewing the boundaries, IEBC is required to take into account the geographical features and urban centres, community of interest, historical, economic, and cultural ties and means of communication.

The 2019 Population and Housing Census results showed that there are 47.6 million Kenyans and the population quota per constituency is likely to rise to approximately 164,000 with exceptions for cities and sparsely populated areas.

 

 

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