December 11, 2017

IEBC gives in to three NASA irreducible minimums, rejects three others

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati [www.zipo.co.ke]

The electoral commission has given in to some demands by the National Super Alliance in its irreducible minimums.

In a letter from the IEBC to NASA CEO Norman Magaya dated October 10, the commission allowed access to its servers.

The response from IEBC to NASA came at the time when Raila Odinga withdrew from the race.

On Tuesday, Raila announced he will not contest in the October 8 repeat polls citing IEBC lacks capacity to deliver free, fair and credible polls.

Access to IEBC servers means candidates will see live results as they stream in.

In addition, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati will allow agents of the candidates receiving the results forms at the constituency and national tallying centre sit in as they are verified before results are announced according to Daily Nationm.

“The results system has been modified to enable simultaneous transmission of both text results and the corresponding scanned results Forms 34A to the constituency and the national tallying centres,” he stated in his letter to Magaya.

Chebukati told NASA that in the thorny issue of ballot papers, the commission will ensure that presiding and returning officers ascertain the result forms bear security features before they sign of stamp them.

IEBC also agreed to share the location coordinates of all the 40,883 polling as NASA had demanded in its irreducible minimums.

However, IEBC remained adamant on changing its IT provider.

The commission said it is retaining French based IT security firm OT-Morpho as well as Dubai based printing firm Al Ghurair.

NASA wanted the two firms struck out and other companies awarded the tenders citing they abetted rigging in the bungled August 8 polls.

Chebukati also turned down NASA demand to hire new 290 constituency returning officers noting the commission is constrained by time.

“Due to limited time, the commission will not be able to recruit, train and deploy [new returning officers] but will use its permanent employees as ROs for accountability purposes,” added Chebukati.

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