With less than a day to go to the elections, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said that 11,155 out of the total 40,883 polling stations in the country do not have network coverage for the transmission of results electronically.
This is despite IEBC having provisioned satellite devices in all the 290 constituency tallying centers across the country to enhance transmission rate.
The electoral agency has, however, promised that the lack of network coverage in some geographical regions will not derail electronic results transmission or the integrity of the elections.
It directed affected presiding officers to move to areas with sufficient network coverage to be able to electronically transmit the much-anticipated August 8 results.
Speaking during a special prayers session at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, July 6, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said:
“I know that there is information reaching Kenyans that some polling stations don’t have access to network coverage but our position is that should that happen, the presiding officer should move to a place with network coverage. However, I wish to stress that the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) gadgets will still retain the data in the event of a change of location and will continue transmitting even after this kind of scenario.”
The chairperson took the opportunity to call upon Kenyans to pay attention to their ballot papers while voting. He asked the public to ensure that the ballot papers they are issued are stamped by IEBC at the back. He also advised voters to put each of their marked ballot papers in the right box for the different elective seats.
Colors of the lids for the ballot boxes will coincide with those of the respective ballot papers in the different elective seats.
Mr. Chebukati went on to urge Kenyans to embrace peace during the polls and reminded them that could get in touch with the commission if they have any queries about the August 8 General Election.
“If any Kenyan has an issue regarding elections he can contact us, IEBC, through our hotline numbers 1527/1537/1538/1539.”