Voter files case against electronic transmission of poll results


Voter files case against electronic transmission of poll results

A voter has moved to the High Court in Nairobi seeking to have the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission barred from electronically transmitting election results.

Juma Mukhwana, a doctor, argues that electronic transmission of poll results violates voters’ rights to free and fair elections.

Dr Mukhwana is challenging sections of Elections Act 2011 relating to electronic transmission of results, asserting that electronically transmitted results in the recently nullified polls could not be verified independently.

He says that, in a simple election, the common mwananchi should be able to verify the results without detailed knowledge of a computer system.

Further, he argues that the danger in relying on a computer-controlled election system is that poll could easily be manipulated without knowledge of the voters.

Dr Mukhwana wants the court to pronounce its position in the matter and recommend manual transmission of results.

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