The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati on Friday ruled out the possibility of creating more constituencies, before a 2019 census.

The decision by Mr Chebukati comes in the midst of speculations that the Commission could be altering boundaries ahead of the 2022 elections, which had set jitters across the political divide as they are vote reaps.

Instead, Mr Chebukati who spoke while on a tour to Nyeri County IEBC offices on Friday, said the Commission would wait for the National Population Census and also consult the leaders and public on the demarcation of constituencies.

“We shall have to wait for the 2019 population census which will then inform us on the way forward concerning the splitting of constituencies and wards,” he noted.

Some legislators have proposed the splitting of constituencies such as Kieni and Mathira in Nyeri County - which have high populations into two smaller constituencies.

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But the poll boss chair said such proposals for boundary reviews would only be considered once the census was complete. He noted the review on boundaries was to ensure fair representation for people in the area and to ease the management and administration of affairs.

Trust from Kenyans

The Commission on Thursday had announced a plan to have nationwide tours to win back the confidence of Kenyans in its ability to  conduct elections after it was castigated by the Supreme Court in September last year for failing to conduct credible polls, leading to the nullification.

During his visit to Nyeri County, he assured Kenyans that the commission would engage more with the public by strengthening and supporting the county IEBC offices.

“The IEBC will be undertaking various activities which will include the post elections evaluation on ways to improve the civic engagement with the commission,” Chebukati noted.

Chebukati said the IEBC was ready to hold the Ruguru Ward by Election on April 18. The seat fell vacant on December 12, 2017 after the sudden death of Member of County Assembly Peter Weru.