NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it has decided to procure the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) directly from Safran Identity & Security.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says the company has committed to deliver the system within the timelines set by the commission.
Chebukati said Safran was chosen first because of legal and operational timelines.
“The Commission has very limited time left to comply with the legal timelines in relation to deployment of ICTs in elections. In addition, adequate time is required for purposes of configuration, testing, training and deployment for purposes of voter verification exercise required by 10 May, 2017. Safran has undertaken to deliver the technology within the statutory timelines.”
He added that so far, over 19 million voters have been registered using a stand-alone system provided by Safran Identity & Security.
“The Commission has a preventive and maintenance contract for the BVR system with Safran for the next three years. During the register preparation, Safran is supporting the Commission to ensure that we have a credible and reliable biometric voters register to be used in the 2017 General Election. We are confident that using Safran at this point in time, there is guarantee for compatibility, timely delivery and accountability in the deployment of the new system.”
The elections management system is required to be in place by April 10 to be ready by May in time for the voter verification.