The 2012 General Election should be conducted electronically if the voting is to be free, fair and transparent, US Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration has said. The envoy faulted manual voting that the country has been using, stating that it was prone to malpractices and suggested that it be discarded.
On Tuesday, Mr Gration advocated for the electronic voter registration arguing that it was the only way to improve the confidence of Kenyans in elections. “Let the government put in place electronic system of voting ahead of the General Election in the country for transparent results to be seen in the electoral process,” the ambassador said.
He was speaking at Japara building in Eldoret during a media round table organised by Internews-Kenya.
The envoy was accompanied by Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) North Rift regional coordinator Bilhah Kiptugen and ACK Eldoret Diocese cleric Martin arap Rirei.
Ms Kiptugen said the electoral commission would register voters electronically but the voting would be done manually.