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Azimio ICT Guru Explains How 2.3 Million Votes May Be At Risk If IEBC Does Not Use Manual Register

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has a very difficult job of ensuring that the August 9 polls are conducted to the satisfaction of all stakeholders meaning the candidates and voters. Nobody wants a repeat of the violence witnessed in 2007/2008 after Kenyans were disatisfied with the outcome of the votes.

IEBC also remembers the annulment of the 2017 election results when the Supreme Court at the time headed by the Chief Justice David Maraga ordered a repeat of the election. The Supreme Court Judges in their ruling pointed out various mistakes and made recommendations to the IEBC.

However, to date there are still some candidates who are not fully satisfied with the preparation the electoral body has made so far. Recently, the Azimio la Umoja Chief Technology Officer Mr. George Njoroge has faulted IEBC's refusal to use a manual register claiming that it puts 2.3 million votes at risk. The IEBC has insisted that it will solely rely on the electronic voter register and will be using electronic gadgets (Kiems kits) to identify voters.

Mr Njoroge was quoted saying, "There are 1,111 non-connected polling centres, each stream is of 700 voters, if each of the dark sites has one stream, a total 777,700 voters, if they have three, its approximately 2.3 million voters in dark sites we have no visibility of."

However, the move by Azimio to support the use of manual register has drawn some sharp criticism from Kenya Kwanza. The IEBC should move with speed and ensure that it convinces its doubters of the integrity of the forthcoming election. If it does not do so, we may see a repeat of the scenario witnessed in 2017 happening again with the results being rejected.


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