, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has committed to expeditiously count, tally and announce the results of Tuesday’s General Election as it calls on all eligible Kenyans to come out and vote.
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has sought to assure that although it has identified over 11,000 polling stations as having poor network coverage, it has taken the necessary pre-emptory measures to ensure that even these results are relayed in timely fashion.
He says the Commission has put in place satellite technology to mitigate against the poor network adding that they have received an assurance from Kenya Power that there will be a stable electricity supply and an assurance from the Communications Authority that there will be Internet connectivity.
“We have provided satellite capability to all the 290 tallying centres from where presiding officers could transmit results. We have also availed satellite units to 17 constituencies across the country that are worst affected by 3G network coverage as well as one satellite unit per county. This makes a total of 700 satellite units.”
The Commission has also sought to give an assurance that the systems to be used in the election process are secure. “Working with several world renowned companies, we have secured our technology infrastructure.”
Still in an effort to enable a seamless voting process, he expressed expectation that soft terror targets such as Lamu will be adequately secured to allow those registered as voters there exercise their democratic right.
“We are aware of incidents of insecurity in Lamu and other parts of the country. We trust that the security agencies will take measures to secure our territory to allow Kenyans to vote peacefully.”
As a remedy to the long waiting times experienced in the last General Election, Chebukati said there are clerks assigned to keeping the lines moving who will also be on the lookout for the disabled, elderly and expectant mothers.
He added that police officers assigned to the polling stations have also received training on the conduct of the voting process and been briefed on what their role is with regard to ensuring the process moves smoothly.
The Commission has also provided hotline numbers the public can use to register any complaints it may have where the conduct of its electoral officers is concerned.
“Members of the public are requested to report any election official engaging in any electoral malpractice, to the Commission through the following toll free hot lines – 1527, 1537, 1538 and 1539 for redress.”