NASA wants polling stations without network coverage listed


NASA wants polling stations without network coverage listed
NASA's Musalia Mudavadi during a press briefing in Nairobi on Sunday, August 6, 2017. PHOTO/Njoroge Maina

The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) now wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to make public the names of the 11,155 polling stations that are not covered by 3G and 4G mobile networks.

This follows an announcement by the poll body on Saturday, August 5 that 27% of the polling stations countrywide are out of the required network coverage, directing affected presiding officers to move to areas with network to be able to electronically transmit the presidential results in the Tuesday polls.

NASA now says that it reads mischief in the announcement considering elections are in a day’s time. The opposition coalition led by its Chief Agent, Musalia Mudavadi, says that the number of polling stations is too big and could be a plot to undermine democracy and the will of the people.

“11,000 polling stations are many and calls for worries. We, as Kenyans, need to know the exact polling centers. IEBC should publish the names immediately before poling day,” said Mudavadi.

NASA has also expressed concerns over the deployment of election materials to its (Opposition’s) perceived strongholds claiming that ballot papers have not arrived in some areas one day to polling.

“IEBC should ensure that ballot papers have reached to all polling centers by 5 pm tomorrow,” added Mudavadi.

 

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