The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is considering introducing an online voting system for Kenyans living in the Diaspora. Through his Twitter account, Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the system will enable the electoral body cut costs incurred during elections. He however emphasized the need for such a system to be secure and verifiable to avoid being compromised and manipulated. “IEBC is considering online voting for Diaspora to cut costs – but must be secure and verifiable.” Chebukati further said the Commission will engage various stakeholders including Parliament, before rolling out the system.
A survey of Kenyans living in the Diaspora early this year revealed that most would like to vote by electronic means if given the chance to participate in elections.
According to the survey conducted by the Kenya Diaspora Alliance, as many as eight in every 10 people polled want to cast their ballots over the iIternet, in what could challenge Kenya’s future laws on voting.