Dead voters and other ways to steal a Kenyan election

Chris Msando's determination to ensure no dead voters vote

What you need to know:

  • In 2013, Kenya introduced an electronic system that included biometric voter registration intended to ensure only those registered could vote.

  • It also provided for the electronic transmission of results from polling stations across the country to the national tally centre in the capital, reducing opportunities for tampering with result sheets en route.

  • But technology is neither fool-proof nor tamper-resistant with hackers able to modify results or render the entire system unuseable.

  • But simpler still, said Nic Cheeseman, a professor at Birmingham University and a Kenya expert, is finding a way not to use the electronic system.

Elections in Kenya are a fraught business, with polls beset with claims of rigging and intimidation, some subtle, some not, and this year's vote on August 8 is no different.


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