The Star (Nairobi)

24 November 2012

Kenya: BVR Kit Damaged in Boda Boda Accident

THE IEBC was on Thursday evening forced to convene an impromptu meeting of coordinators in Amagoro after a Biometric Voter Registration kit was damaged.

The damage to the BVR kit occurred when a clerk ferrying the kit in a boda boda crashed in Angurai, Teso North constituency. The incident caused the cancellation of the exercise at Angurai Primary School registration centre until the kit was repaired.

Sources said the coordinators from Busia and Bungoma counties met to forestall plans by the clerks to down their tools over failure by the IEBC to provide them with transport.

Clerks in Teso have been seen ferrying the BVR kits in boda bodas with some carrying them in the streets oblivious of the dangers of exposing these gadgets.

Teso North Constituency coordinator, Shaolin Leriche could not respond to the BVR kit damage claims or the clerks threatened strike due to transport hitches.

There was drama in Malaba town on Thursday afternoon when two clerks walking in the streets carrying the BVR kit in a briefcase were confronted by journalists. The journalists asked them why they were carrying such vital documents that contain sensitive information without any security.

The electoral body continues to come under attack with Governor aspirant Vincent Sidai saying that it is a shame IEBC clerks in Teso are using their own means to ferry the equipment.

"We need an assurance from IEBC that data related to the registration exercise is safe and that there is back up in the event the BVR machines crash or are tampered with," he said.

The IEBC has availed 15,000 BVR kits for the registration exercise across the country with the commission targeting to register about 18 million voters.

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