25 February 2013

Kenya: New Technology Presents Election Challenges - ICPC

The use of new technology presents a risk to Kenya as it faces the "most complicated and contested election in her history," a non-governmental organization has said.

Ndung'u Wainaina executive director of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) said there is a likelihood of political instability if the technology used in the election malfunctions adding that although the IEBC has given assurances over the technology, there have been several reports in the media indicating test failures.

"We caution that this route might be less transparent with a high likelihood of human interference and error. This error may not be very easy to track or to fact check for accuracy." said Wainaina

He further cautioned stakeholders to guard against electoral fraud.

The IEBC last week moved to reassure the public of the security of its Electronic Results Transmission (ERT) systems.

Responding to concerns about the computer system to be used in the transmission of results, the commission chairman Hassan Issack and the CEO James Oswago expressed confidence in the system which he said had been used in the past by-elections and during the referendum. They said their ICT systems were 'tamper proof' and could handle large amount of data that will be transmitted on election day.

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