Lets go electronic – Wavinya Ndeti on polling
The Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) party leader, Wavinya Ndeti, has added her voice to the ongoing debate on whether the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should conduct a purely electronic election or should have a manual back up in cases where technology fail.
According to Wavinya, the country is ripe for an electronic voting system and should not go back to systems that may lead to disputes over the election results.
Speaking during the burial of Stephen Muthoka, a businessman who was eyeing the Mavoko Constituency parliamentary seat and was gunned down by unknown people on December 26, 2016 in Buru Buru estate, Wavinya said that the electronic system will ensure a free and fair election.
“Through the electronic system of voting, the playing ground will fair and if someone is defeated, they will see this clearly and go home contented,” she noted.
She cited other countries in Africa that have conducted elections electronically.
“Ghana, South Africa and other African countries have used technology in their elections, we can also do it,” said Wavinya.
She, however, noted that there is a need for a backup system although remaining non-committal on the model.
Wavinya, who has expressed interest in the Machakos Gubernatorial seat currently held by Governor Alfred Mutua, also called on Kenyans to maintain peace during the electioneering period.
The debate turned confrontational late December after Members of Parliament allied to the ruling Jubilee faction amended the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2015 effectively reinstating manual voter identification and transmission of election results in cases where the electronic fails.
The opposition MPs, however, boycotted the vote and marched to Milimani Law Courts where they lodged a petition.
The debate has since moved to the Senate where members of its Legal and Justice Affairs have been conducting public hearings before tabling a report in the House for further debate and adoption or rejection.
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