The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: How Observers Will Monitor March 4 Polls

THE Elections Observation Group will use the Parallel Vote Tabulation tool to monitor the March 4 elections.

The PVT tool will be used to assess polling on the election date and to relay provisional results which will be verified with the official results released by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission.

"The PVTs is used to project voting results and voter turnout with low margins of error. This tool can identify shortcomings and provide an objective basis for a peaceful resolution of complaints," said Kennedy Masime, an Elog member

He said the PVT enables observers to provide the public with more accurate and detailed information about the conduct of an election. "It relies on what the observers stationed in a polling station directly sees and reports as opposed to collecting opinions from voters," Masime said.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi yesterday, Masime said the PVT provides credible, independent and impartial information on the conduct of the elections.

"Whereas PVTs identify shortcomings, they provide an objective basis for seeking peaceful resolution of complains and making improvements," he said.

The tool was used in projecting results in the 2010 referendum on the new constitution. It projected that 68.8 per cent would vote YES while 31.2 per cent NO.

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