28 February 2014

Kenya: Electronic Voter Identification Devices Were Faulty, Says IEBC's Director of ICT

A witness yesterday said the electronic voter identification devices used in the March 4, 2013 general election were faulty.

Dismas Ongondi, an ICT director at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, said he reported the fault to supplier Face Technology a number of times.

Even though he cannot remember the exact number of devices tested, he informed Nairobi chief magistrate Doreen Mulekyo that the IEBC did test them occasionally.

Ongondi said the device was not useless but it failed during the election for various reasons. He however did not mention the reason for its failure.

Ongondi was testifying in a case in which former CEO James Oswago, deputy commission secretary support services Wilson Kiprotich Shollei, director of finance and procurement Edward Karisa and procurement manager Willy Kamanga have denied charges of not complying with procurement laws.

Ongondi was asked to explain to court the reason for leaving the Kenya Pipeline Company where he worked before being employed at the IEBC.

Ongondi denied being sacked by KPC. He said he opted to leave KPC when he got a better offer at the IEBC. The hearing continues today.

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