NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 26 – National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has equated calls by Jubilee Party MPs to scrap electronic results transmission and revert to a manual system.
This is after Jubilee MPs led by their Deputy Majority Leader Jimmy Angwenyi said Kenya must follow Germany’s example by scrapping the electronic system and revert to the manual method.
“I will be asking this House to enact a law that we go to manual elections… if the Germans can do it who are we not to do it?” the Kitutu Chache North legislator posed.
“We want to be allowed to fill that Form 34B so that we can physically bring it to the National Tallying Centre at The Bomas of Kenya. Then we tabulate them like the old days. This computer or digital voting business must be discarded,” Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo added.
Mbadi who speaking to a motion to discuss the outcome of the presidential election, said such a move would erase the electoral reforms Kenyans have made over the years.
“There is a reason why we left the manual system. After the 2007 General Election Justice Kriegler came to this country and after analyzing our electoral system; the decision was arrived at that we need to go electronic. Don’t take us back to stone age period… we left that period and we have moved forward,” he said in his maiden speech as the Minority Leader.
Germany which over the weekend held elections – where incumbent President Angela Merkel was re-elected – decided to revert to a manual system after a research found the national voting software used to tabulate election results can be compromised and numbers tampered with.
According to research by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), analysis of the PC-Wahl package used in many states to capture, aggregate and tabulate the votes during elections threw up a number of vulnerabilities.