Parliament has Wednesday given the nod to compel the executive facilitate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission develop a modern electronic system. The system will legalize electronic voter registration in all polling stations in the country up to the national level in readiness for electronic voting come 2012.
The motion sponsored by Karachuonyo MP Eng. James Rege, unanimously received the backing of parliamentarians who termed the current manual system of collection, collation, transmission and tallying of votes as a sham prone to errors and manipulation.
… Member of parliament for Samburu West Simeon Lesirma supporting the shift towards legalizing electronic registration and voting however called for funding to put in place necessary infrastructure that will facilitate the process of adopting the new technology.
Juja MP William Kabogo and Dagoretti Legislator Beth Mugo both admitted to having been victims of manipulations during previous manual voting systems calling for speedy adoption of electronic registration, tallying and voting.
Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo terming the current manual technology as a system that has previously been used to declare winners based on projections as opposed to accuracy says the electronic system includes security features designed to flash out cases of double registry and fake voters minimizing cases of rigging and fraud.
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