, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 10 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will issue 200 Biometric Voter Registration kits to the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
The BVR kits will be used by the ministry for biometric data collection to determine the actual number of staff in the ongoing Capacity Assessment & Rationalisation of the Public Service.
Acting IEBC Chief Executive Officer Betty Nyabuto says 40 BVR kits have already been presented from the Nairobi regional office while the other 16 regional offices will each give 10 kits next week.
“The commission did make a decision to have the requested BVR kits issued to the ministry but just before doing that what the commission has done is to make sure that the operating system has been cleaned as well as the data which was in the BVR system. The software as well has been cleared and therefore this is just a shell so to speak,” she said.
Nyabuto says this donation will not affect the operation of the commission in terms of continuous voter registration citing a surplus of BVR kits from the previous allocation.
“We had 1,500 kits and we only need 10 per constituency to undertake the continuous voter registration process so this will not affect at all any of our operations as a commission and right now we do not need the entire 1,500,” she said.
“We already have a robust register and the database is secure. All that we have done is to make sure that the operating system has been disabled and any other system as well. It is just hardware.”
The ministry has already captured 36 percent of the total public servants during the civil service human resource registration process.
Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti says the exercise will be continues and any new public service employee will have to undergo the biometric registration.
“This is a complex exercise with a number of technical, logistic and human resource challenges that require greater capacity and coordination. This therefore, requires that the public service strengthen its technical capacity As we are receiving empty shells our next step will be to upload the operating systems and install the biometric software and accessories,” he said.
Over 200 National and County staff dram from the Human Resource and Information and Communications Technology departments will undergo training on the new system.