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IEBC to publish voters register

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) plans to publish the list of registered voters in every polling station next week, even as it emerged the poll agency is yet to conduct a hacking test of the election management system.

IEBC is also scheduled to conduct countrywide simulation of results transmission on July 30. Commissioner Roselyne Akombe, however, said the electoral body will not publish identity card numbers of voters to protect their privacy as she assuaged fears of hacking of the system.

“One week before the election, we will have the register in every polling station for the public to see,” she said. She said the voters list will not be published in newspapers as it would require 400,000 pages to publish the whole of it.

Speaking at Mkenya Daima forum yesterday, Akombe also explained how IEBC intends to prevent stuffing of ballots. She exuded confidence that the “tamper-proof” Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (KIEMS), coupled with regular updates from presiding officers would make double voting impossible.

“We will do ballot counts at three-hour intervals. Presiding officers need to report to each of the returning officers how many ballots they have given out, which must be consistent with the voter turnout.

So if you find a situation where the number of ballot papers distributed for instance at 9am are different from the voter turnout, you know there is a problem,” she added.

But it is the forensic audit by accounting firm, KPMG that put IEBC’s system on the spot after it revealed that the agency’s voter roll call could be penetrated for manipulation and data theft. Akombe, however, assured that strict timelines made it difficult for system manipulation to succeed. She said KPMG had tested the electronic system and recorded 98 per cent accuracy.

The IEBC IT team was also working with undisclosed firms to prevent external interferencem, she said. Akombe said less than two per cent of voters may not be identified through the electronic system, adding that there are other systems in place to ensure they vote.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary has said all judges and magistrates will handle election petitions to expedite the process. “There reason is simple. We are a court of equal status,” said chairman of the Judiciary elections committee Justice Msagha Mbogholi.

Mbogholi said the Judiciary is ready to hear electoral disputes and urged Kenyans to have confidence in the courts. He also called on the government to allocate more resources to the Judiciary to enable it expedite cases.

Mbogholi said the Judiciary faces a challenge of resources, saying the Sh200 million allocated for handling of election petitions after the election was not adequate.

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