Critics have criticized the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) decision to abandon the manual voter registration, which may have been an indication of its confidence in technology.
According to Makau Mutua, the Azimio Spokeperson, UDA og DP Ruto wants the electronic system only to be used by IEBC, because they know it is very easy to rig August elections,when there is no manual register use to complement the electronic one.
The mechanism used by the IEBC to identify voters prior to allowing them to vote and the transmission of election results have been contentious topics.
In 2013, the electoral agency implemented technology for the first time by collecting voters' fingerprints and mugshots through a biometric voter register, using the information for electronic voter identification, and passing the data to the tallying center when the results were in.
The purpose of incorporating technology into election administration is to ensure that voters do not cast duplicate ballots or utilize the identities of deceased individuals.
The technology was not always perfect, though.Numerous biometric voter registration (BVR) equipment failed during the 2013 elections. According to IEBC's own admission, almost forty percent failed. In the end, voters had to be identified using the rejected manual approach, leading in allegations of multiple voting, voting by the dead, and other electoral irregularities.
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