The UDA and DP Ruto want the electronic system to solely be utilized by the IEBC, according to Makau Mutua, the Azimio Spokesperson, since they are aware that it is very simple to rig the August elections when there are no manual registers being used to supplement the electronic one.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) decision to discontinue manual voter registration has drawn criticism, which may be interpreted as a sign of its confidence in technology.
Both the transmission of election results and the method employed by the IEBC to identify voters before allowing them to vote have generated controversy.
The electoral agency used technology for the first time in 2013 by deploying a biometric voter register to capture voter fingerprints and mugshots, using the data for electronic voter identification, and sending the information to the tallying center after the results were in.
The goal of integrating technology into election administration is to prevent voters from using stolen identities or casting duplicate ballots.
However, the technology wasn't always faultless.
During the 2013 elections, a lot of biometric voter registration (BVR) hardware broke down. The IEBC itself acknowledged that roughly 40% of students failed.
In the end, it was necessary to identify voters using the manual method that had been rejected, which gave rise to claims of double voting, voting by the dead, and other election anomalies.
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