Rights Group Wants IEBC To Come Clean on Polling Centres With No internet, Avert Suspicion

August 6, 2017, 7:35 am

The National Human Rights group wants the electoral agency to disclose details on the polling station with no Internet coverage.

This is after the IEBC listed 11,155 out of 40883 polling stations as those with no network coverage.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said that presiding officers in the affected stations will have to move to areas with 3G or 4G connectivity to electronically transmit presidential results in the much awaited Tuesday's general election

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) said the commission should explain more on these polling centres, to avert suspicion and foul play.

On July 28 in his State of election Preparedness Address at the National Tallying Centre at Bomas of Kenya, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati in partnership with Communication Authority of Kenya, assured that all constituency and county tallying centre had satellite technology backup to aid in results transmission if the mobile connectivity failed.

"We expect that technology, as demonstrated by IEBC, will work and the provisions of the law followed to the letter. The commission has noted the announcement by IEBC of the 111,155 polling stations that have identified as having no network coverage and we wish to call upon them to provide detailed information on the particular stations that are affected," Kagwiria Mbogori KNCHR chairperson said.

Provision of the details of polling centres will help put attention on that centre, Jedidah Waruhiu a commissioner said.

"This message has just come in and we are surprised about this but we want the specification of the affected centres so as we can be able to monitor them well bearing in mind that constituency results are final. Even in the case where officers will have to move the results transmitted should be measurable as it's not exempted from an order of electoral business," she said.

"We can't allow such opportunity to be to be one to relay inaccurate results," she added.

George Morara the commission's vice chair raised questions on why mitigation wasn't put in place earlier bearing in mind that some polling stations were out of Internet coverage.

"Why didn't they make prior arrangements and even make those places with polling station as polling stations," he questioned.

The further raised concerns over politically instigated killings, electoral security, allegations of voter buying and human rights expectations during the polls.

"Elections shouldn't be moments to subject our national soul to fear and uncertainty but a moment to choose those who will represent us," Morara said.

 

Source: the-star

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