Nairobi, Jan. 14 -- The secretariat of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has given the electoral agency 16 days to complete the verification of the signatures necessary for a referendum.

The secretariat says it submitted 4.4 million signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on December 10, 2020 as required by the law.

It added that slightly more than 540,000 signatures had been verified by the end of last week.

A million signatures are required for the country to go into a referendum and the IEBC says it needs 40 days to give a confirmation report.

BBI Secretariat co-chairman Junet Mohamed questioned the pace at which the signatures are being verified, adding, the exercise stalled on Monday due to poor...