Raila Hits Out at Chebukati After Change in Election Tact

  • IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (left) and Azimio One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (left) and Azimio One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
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  • Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga has raised concerns following a directive by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati on voters register.

    In a letter dated Wednesday, June 22, the ODM leader, through his campaign's Chief Legal Advisor Paul Mwangi, demands to know the measures that IEBC has taken to ensure that the technology does not fail or is not compromised on the voting day.

    He also argued that the Manual Register played a key role in the 2017 General Election by complimenting the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits.

    Terming the new decision as a 'dangerous tool in the hands of anarchists', Raila noted that it is widely known countrywide that technology often fails during the election season.

    Azimio One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga presents his concerns to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
    Azimio One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga presents his concerns to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
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    "In 2017, IEBC strongly argued for the need for manual identification of voters and transmission of results as a complementary system yet in this election, it is taking a totally and exact opposite position 

    "It has always been an acknowledged fact that technology during general elections fails... it is precarious for IEBC to approach this election on the assumption that technology will not fail," the letter read in part.

    Mwangi also cast doubt on measures taken by the commission to ensure that only authentic database is attached to the KIEMS kits.

    "When a name pops on the KIEMS kit, how does the public know that the kit is talking to the official register of voters and any other database," he added.

    This comes just days after IEBC CEO Hussein Marjan explained that in case of a failure, the kits will be replaced with working gadgets and only the SD cards will be transferred.

    The pertinent questions were first raised by the former Prime Minister after clearance who wanted to know how IEBC was preparing to deliver, fair and credible elections.

    In response, Chebukati announced that the August 9 elections would be conducted without the use of a physical register.

    The electoral body argued that the register had been used inappropriately in the past elections and that  all voters will be identified electronically.

    To secure the kits, IEBC noted that each gadget, which will contain the digital register, will have a specific QR code for purposes of voter identification.

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati atduring the voter transmision simulation exercise at the Bomas of Kenya on Thursday. June 9, 2022..jpg (3
    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati during the voter transmission simulation exercise at the Bomas of Kenya on Thursday. June 9, 2022.
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