Tallying system maybe used during the forthcoming election in 2017. Reports say Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga, met with other senior party officials on Monday, January 25, to have a talk which revolves around introducing their own electronic vote counting system for the 2017 general elections.
The system, in the words of the party officials, “…would complement the vote counting system of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).”
In attempt to ensure credible election, Raila and party officials are also making arrangement to deploy a minimum of one official from CORD to each polling station across Kenya during the election.
This arrangement emerged following a meeting known as Politiburo held in Naivasha by former prime minister and other party officials.
Here Is How The Parallel Voting Or Tallying System Will Work:
Based on the outcome of the meeting, the party will set up a central command centre in Nairobi to tally the votes, with results coming in from various polling stations around the country.
However, the voting system won’t be produced in Kenya. Preparations are being made currently for Junet Mohamed, the ODM Director of Elections, to visit Germany later this week so as to conclude negotiations with a German company that would build the vote tallying system.
Then primary objective of the electronic tallying system is to ensure that the elections result is free and fair. And of course Raila’s is concerning himself with coming out triumphant in the upcoming election.
One of the party officials who was among the attendee’s in the Naivasha meeting told The Standard about the initiatives ODM will implement in the upcoming election:
We are a political party in competition and we must strategize on how to take power. We want to ensure that nothing is left to chance. In the last general elections, there were issues but we have learned from them.
Raila has since criticized the way IEBC handles Kenya’s elections.
The head of the CORD Secretariat Norman Magaya on Monday lashed out at the excuses the commission was making about not having enough, insisting that the party would not accept IEBC’s financial shortage as an excuse to delay verification of the Okoa Kenya signatures.
The leaders also accused IEBC of plotting to frustrate the Okoa Kenya Initiative.