President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have just two days to set in motion the mechanism that will give the country a new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Interim Independent Electoral Commission chairman Ahmed Hassan said the new law provided for 14 days within which the President and PM should have each appointed two members — one male and the other female — to form a seven-member committee that will put Kenya on the path to the 2012 General Election.
… Mr Hassan said the commission will use a manual voting system in 2012 elections. This ends speculations that Kenya could have electronic voting in next year’s elections.
… Mr Hassan said that the decision to use manual rather than electronic voting was taken due to time constraints.
“We are not going to vote electronically next year, time is not on our side and we are not likely to manage it in the short time that was remaining,” said Mr Hassan.
Mr Hassan however confirmed that the Electronic Transmission of Results (ETR) method used to transmit results from the constituencies to the national tallying centre would be used during the 2012 polls.
This method, used so successfully during last year’s referendum on the new constitution ensures that results from the constituencies are instantly reflected at the national tallying centre.
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