The High Court on Thursday directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to use a dual voter Identification System ( both manual and electronic) in next week’s poll.
That comes as a big relief for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Amollo Odinga who has always contended that the manual system should not be disregarded in the 9 August poll.
Interest groups have raised concerns that with a lot of digital experts employed by the Kenya Kwanza camp computerized manipulation of results is a stark reality. Illegal KIEMS kit-related paraphernalia associated with the three Venezuelan nationals all point out to a planned manipulation of the electronic transmission of results.
For Raila now everything seems to be falling into place as Kenyans await the unveiling of the 5th President next week.
Meanwhile, the impasse between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio using Nyayo Stadium for their final rallies on 6 has been resolved. Azimio yesterday released their itinerary and indicated that they will hold their final event at Kasarani and not Nyayo Stadium.
The Kenya Kwanza camp remains uncertain about accessing the venue following communication from Sports Kenya Director, Pius Metto
“We regret to inform you that due to peace concerts scheduled to take place at both Moi International Sports Centre-Kasarani and Nyayo National Stadium between 5th to 7th, the facility will not be available for your use,” read the statement signed by Pius Metto, to Kenya Kwanza even after paying a reservation fee of KES 1.5 million.
What the court order now means is that voters can be identified with the IEBC manual register should the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kit fail.
While issuing the order Justice Thande Mugure said the move to bar the use of the manual register is unconstitutional and ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to use the physical register to identify the voters.
The judge found that the decision of the commission to abandon the printed register violates the provisions of the constitution, which provides that where an electronic voter identification device fails the use of such a physical register would suffice.