We have learnt that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), is seriously looking into a full electronic voting process in 2022, to replace the current system which is a mix of manual and electronic.
The commission is planning to send a strong delegation to India and Brazil, which have already carried out elections using the electronic system, for a feasibility study. It wants to either craft a partnership or come up with a hybrid solution that the commission can use in the next election.
The Wafula Chebukati-led electoral body, plans to introduce the ambitious election management that will hopefully make voting, tallying and results transmission tamper-proof and free from third-party interference, the Star reports.
The commission has constantly been under attack from political players, more recently by the Opposition which has faulted the manner in which the poll body handled the August 8 poll, especially results transmission.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) is putting up a case as it seeks to challenge the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Supreme Court. It says it has in possession compelling evidence of massive irregularities, inconsistencies and hacking. It maintains its presidential candidate Raila Odinga won.
The commission wants to implement electronic voting so as to cure the many challenges it faced during the polls.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, August 16, Chairman Chebukati mentioned plans to abandon the current hybrid system and automate country’s election system in totality if possible.
“IEBC might consider electronic voting in 2022, like India and Brazil. This will save the cost of ballot papers, no possible errors, auto tallying and get rid of vendor wars and physical logistical problems,” he said.
The last week poll was Kenya’s most expensive one yet, with KSh2.5 billion going in the printing of 120 million ballot papers for all the six positions in 47 counties, prisons and the diaspora. The total budget was Ksh 50 billion.
The awarding of ballot paper tender to Al Ghurair was the reason for last minute court cases by Nasa which alleged that IEBC was colluding with the Dubai-based printing firm to print extra ballots for stuffing in Uhuru’s favour.