The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) secretariat has announced that over 1.5 million signatures have been collected so far.

Addressing the media on Monday, the BBI team noted that it is on course to hitting over two million signatures by close of business today.

The over 1.5 million signatures collected so far are from the online app.

“We are happy to report that the exercise has taken off well and is running smoothly. Kenyans have welcomed the Bill with a lot of enthusiasm and they are eager to support the envisaged referendum.

"As at the close of day yesterday, 1.5 million registered voters had appended their signature in support of the Bill and we have every reason to believe we will surpass two million by the end of today. We therefore project that we shall be done with the exercise by the end of the week and move to the next step,” the BBI secretariat’s statement read in part.

Collection of the signatures is spearheaded by governors, county commissioners and other officials. 

The exercise kicked off well in many parts of the country with low turnout being reported in Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties which are stronghold of Deputy President William Ruto who is a key critic of the BBI referendum.