Fresh Storm Over IEBC’s Proposed Election Result Transmission Method

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

The law that will see manual back-up used when electronic systems “fail” has kicked up a storm on why there should be any speculation of failure of the system

By The Weekly Vision Online

A fresh storm is brewing over the method to be used in the transmission of Kenya’s August 9 presidential election results. An MP in the country’s National Assembly is pushing for the adoption of both manual and electronic transmission systems. Battle lines are already drawn with the deputy president William Ruto wing of UDA reading mischief.

The law that will see manual back-up used when electronic systems “fail” has kicked up a storm on why there should be any speculation of failure of the system! In 2007 the manual system was used with disastrous consequences following deadly post-election violence over bungled presidential election results.

Then Electoral Commission boss the late Samuel Kivuiti announced that Mwai Kibaki of PNU had won the poll. This was against the apparent one million votes led by Raila Odinga of ODM who soon after accused Mwai Kibaki and the election body of stealing his victory. The post-election violence assumed ethnic dimensions that left 1350 killed in horrendous massacres and 650,000 displaced.

Many say this could again be a recipe for chaos if systems are being brought back which have failed in the past. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukai argues that the country is not well covered by the mobile phone networks whose masts help in results transmissions. He has also cited power failure but the DP camp claims there is a well-crafted scheme to “rig” the elections, only six months away. Ruto claims the ‘deep state and system” are out to impose a “government project” on Kenyans after sensing defeat!

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