News highlights-July 19 2017 IEBC says electoral technology will not fail on August

News highlights-July 19 2017 IEBC says electoral technology will not fail on August

IEBC says electoral technology will not fail on August

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has assured the country that they are ready to conduct a free, fair and credible elections in August, revealing that it is taking adequate measures to ensure that the Electronic Voter Identification and Transmission of results does not fail on the elections day.

Speaking on Tuesday, July 18 during a forum organized by the Africa Center for Governance (Africog), IEBC Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba, said that the commission is already consulting with three service providers, Airtel, Safaricom and Orange, to ensure that there is sufficient network coverage in all parts of the country during the election period.

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BVR , an electronic system used by IEBC to capture voters’ data. (Photo: Citizen TV)

“We, IEBC, will be making public the strength of internet connectivity in each of the polling stations. We are considering employing satellite technology in areas that are very remote and can not be covered by the mobile phone service providers,” said Mr. Chiloba.

Ballot papers for Governor, Woman Rep and Senator seats arrive in Nairobi

Ballot papers for Governor, Senator, and Woman Representative positions arrived in the country Tuesday night ahead of the General Election set for next month.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), all is ready for the exercise that has attracted 14,552 candidates for the six elective seats.

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Ballot papers for Governor, Woman Rep and Senator positions arrive at JKIA, Nairobi on Juy 18 2017 (Photo: IEBC)

The Commission stated that the ballot papers will be stored in its warehouse “before being dispatched to counties.”

The voting materials arrived even as the electoral body awaits the Court of Appeal’s ruling challenging the decision of the High Court directing the electoral agency to tender afresh the printing of presidential ballot papers by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing firm.

Blow to Jubilee as several Rift Valley MPs defect to NASA

Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat, and former Mosop Legislator, David Koech, have ditched President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and joined Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA).

Speaking on Tuesday, July 18 while launching NASA campaigns in Eldoret, the leaders led more than ten MPs in joining the opposition, accusing the Jubilee administration of failing to cater for the needs of local farmers since they took office in 2013.

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Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat addresses the media after announcing his defection from Jubilee on July 19 (Photo: Citizen TV)

The leaders, who included former MPs and Ministers in the KANU regime, faulted the Jubilee government for undermining devolution, saying that they belong to NASA’s school of thought of allocating 45% of the national revenues towards the counties.

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