Poll team ignored advice on vote kit

PHOTO | FILE An IEBC official using the voter identification equipment at the Bisil Boarding Primary School polling station in Kajiado. An IT expert had warned the commission against using the kits for the March 4 General Election.

What you need to know:

  • An internal memo by head of IT Dismas Ong’ondi and seen by the Nation warned of the risks posed by the kits, also referred to as e-poll books
  • On voting day, when the electronic voter identification devices failed in some polling stations, Mr Oswago had explained that the commission had used different kits in training polling clerks from the ones that were eventually used
  • If the technology had worked as expected, it would have provided a periodic update of the number of votes cast against the number of voters in the course of the day effectively ruling out chances of rigging

The electoral commission ignored advice from its Information and Technology director and went ahead to buy electronic voter identification kits which largely failed on the day of the March 4 General Election, whose presidential results are the subject of several court cases.

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