IEBC Responds To Missing 3,000 KIEMS Kits
He termed the reports as misleading, noting that a report by the Auditor General made reference to...
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati has dismissed reports of 3,000 Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) going missing.
Chebukati, in a statement released early on Wednesday, August 3, was responding to concerns raised by Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party, The Kenya Kwanza Presidential Campaign Secretariat and other stakeholders.
He termed the reports as misleading, noting that a report by the Auditor General made reference to the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits that disappeared, which were used to register voters ahead of the August 9 general elections and have been used in previous elections.
IEBC registration clerks at Madaraka primary school using the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) kit. /STANDARD DIGITAL
“The Auditor General’s report referred to BVR kits and not KIEMS kits. BVR kits are used for voter registration and not voting.
“The commission procured 15,000 BVR kits in 2021 that have technically reached the end of life. The commission keeps an inventory of all kits and in the event of any loss the kit will be blocked from doing any transaction on the system,” he said.
He then denied claims that some polling stations have been degazetted, putting the total number of gazetted polling stations to 46,229 across the country.
“There are no ungazetted polling stations. All polling stations have been published vide a special issue of the Kenya Gazette No. 7996 carried in Vol. CXXIV-No. 130 and Kenya Gazette No. 88786 carried in Vol. CXXIV - No. 144 published on July 1 and July 26, 2022, respectively,” he clarified.
On the matter of Form 34's, used for tabulating the presidential results, Chebukati affirmed that they have special features that prevent them from being tampered with.
Additionally, the commission has partnered with the National Police Service (NPS) to protect the ballot papers at their warehouses and during transportation to the polling stations ahead of the elections.
"These measures include but are not limited to visible and invisible security features, polling station data personalization, barcodes and QR codes. IEBC in partnership with the National Police Service has deployed armed security to guard ballot papers in transit and at the respective warehouses," it added.
However, the electoral body indicated that any complaints raised regarding the results of the presidential elections can only be resolved by the presiding officers at the polling station or the Supreme Court.
"Complaints with respect to the results announced at the polling station must be resolved by the Presiding Officer.
"Any complaints or discrepancies that may arise in the results Form 34A can only be resolved by the Supreme Court through a Presidential Election Petition pursuant to the decision in Raila Amolo Odinga & Another v Independent Electoral and BoundariesCommission & 2 others (2017)," he added.
IEBC added that it had already released a gazetted register of voters to the public in June and is available upon payment of the required fees. The last batch of ballot papers is expected in the country today (Wednesday, August 3).