NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday received the first batch of 4,000 Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS) kits to be used in the electronic voter identification and transmission of results in the August 8 General Election.
Speaking when he received the kits at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said a shipment of 10,000 more gadgets are expected in the country by Tuesday.
“We will use the kits to prepare for verification of voters, which begins on May 10 and ends on June 10,” Chebukati told reporters and IEBC staff.
The next consignment of 25,000 kits will arrive in the country by May 10 and the rest by June 2.
The Commission plans to acquire 45,000 gadgets by August.
“As IEBC, we are on track. We are confident that the kits will be ready for the elections in August. We want to assure the country that our processes are in place,” Chebukati stated.
The training of the staff who will man the voter register inspection and verification is set to commence on April 26
IEBC chose French firm Safran to supply the kits which will be used to integrate the voter register, identification and transmission of results.
Chebukati said the Postal Corporation of Kenya is handling the clearing and transportation of the equipment to the commission’s warehouse.
The Commission announced that it organise an opportunity for an exhibition to showcase to the media and other stakeholders how the tablet size gadget works.
The IEBC Chairman said this is slated to take place before the commencement of the voter register verification exercise.