IEBC invites parties to inspect results tool
Posted Wednesday, January 16 2013 at 17:07
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has invited political parties to inspect the system it will use to transmit real time elections results on March 4.
At the same time, hard copy results from areas that are more than three hours’ drive from Nairobi will be delivered by air.
IEBC on Wednesday said inspection of the technology by political parties will boost credibility of the results.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems is working with the IEBC to develop a system that will enable transmission of the General Election results.
“We have asked the political parties to bring in their best information and technology experts to test our systems,” IEBC chief executive officer James Oswago said.
“We want to present the system to them and show how it will work, let them test it so that they can have faith in the technology as well,” he said.
This is the first time General Election results will be announced electronically.
But the electronic results will only be provisional, with the final results to be announced later after agents of each party have appended their signatures in the hard copy, commonly referred to as Form 16.
The results will be transmitted at three levels – constituency, county and at the national tallying centre – where similar figures will be consistently relayed at all tiers.
Mr Oswago told a forum discussing the preparedness of the IEBC to manage the General Election that there will be no room for errors.
“This is because the results received at the national tallying centre that will be based in Nairobi will have been verified at the constituency and the county tallying centres respectively across the country,” he said.
Presidential results will be announced first.
“By the close of the day on March 4, the country will get a picture of where different parties stand at the elections and their accumulated results,” he said.
“The system has repeatedly, consistently and demonstrably worked in all times we have carried tests to establish whether it can transmit the General Election results.”
The forum was organised by Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, Africa Policy Institute (API) and Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (Eisa) at the Stanley Hotel in Nairobi.
Mr Oswago said that mainstream media in Kenya will be granted “unimpeded access” to the results as they will be transmitted directly from the polling centres across the country.
“There will be no room for anyone to doctor the results as the live feed will be seen by all across the tallying centres,” he said.