The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has insisted that it will stick to the use of electronic voter register. This comes as Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga threatened to boycott the August 9 General Election if the manual register will not be used in voter identification. However IEBC says that it is abiding by a court of appeal ruling done in 2017.
"IEBC is abiding by a court of appeal ruling done in 2017 that the primary register to be used is the digital register." Marjan H Marjan, IEBC CEO stated.
This comes as the first batch of ballot papers for the forthcoming election arrived in the country. IEBC has also revealed that 22,120,258 ballot papers will be printed for all six elective positions.
The IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that polling station will have nothing like extra ballot papers. He stated that there will be no extra ballot papers being printed.
The IEBC has also set the record straight on when a manual register may be used. According to the IEBC CEO, Hussein Marjan, a manual register will only be applicable in instances where three different KIEMS Kits fail to identify a voter.
IEBC CEO, Hussein Marjan has however disclosed how manual voters register could secretly be used to rig the election. According to Marjan, in a possible case manual register is used and some ot the voters on the list fails to show up at the polling station, it emerges that the details on the manual register could illegally be used to vote in favor of certain candidates.
"It is good for Kenyans to understand why we are insisting on the use of electronic voter register. If there will be a manual register, there is a possibility that some of the voters on that list who might fail to show up to vote, there identification numbers could be used illegally to vote for certain aspirants. This can happen in strongholds of certain candidates." IEBC CEO, Hussein Marjan stated.
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