The emphasis on electronic voter system is ignorance of what happens in Kenya, Attorney General Githu Muigai told a senate committee on Tuesday. The AG noted that many commentators on the amended election laws have misled Kenyans to think Kenya has an electronic voting system. Muigai, when he faced the Senate Legal Affairs Committee during the public hearing on contentious election laws, said the assertion was ‘far from the truth . He said Kenya has a manual voting system that is supported by an electronic system, and not the other way round.”In Kenya, we have a manual voting system with few electronic interventions. Voting largely remains manual,” he said.
Defending the use of a manual system in the scheduled August 8 general election, Muigai said the failure of electronic system is almost guaranteed.
“…this is the nature of electronic gadgets. If the machines will fail for any reason, the paper ballot shall be in place to take over,” Attorney General said.
“In my opinion we have a manual system, voting is not an event it is a process. We have no machines to count the votes, we empty the ballot box and count the votes manually,” he said.