MPs want the electronic voting system put in place in readiness for the 2012 general election. Several MPs yesterday supported a motion by Karachuonyo MP James Rege for the government to facilitate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to develop an electronic system for collection, collation, transmission and tallying of electronic data.
Cabinet minister Otieno Kajwang rooted for the passage and adoption of Rege’s motion which he said will help weed out electoral malpractices. He said an electronic voting system will facilitate the release of instant results after an election.
Rege said the system is simple and the IEBC will only require facilitation from the state to work it out. “It is important to have legislation in place that will help in developing this system,” Rege said.
Juja MP William Kabogo said the electronic voting system will increase efficiency in the electioneering process with incidents of vote theft reduced. “Mr Speaker, once we have this system in place opportunities for interference like the once witnessed in 2007 will not be there,” Kabogo said.
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