Written by David Indeje
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has terminated the process of acquiring the bio-metric voter registration kits.
In a statement issued to media houses, the IEBC Chair Isaac Hassan said, “The Commission wishes to make it known to Kenyans that we have terminated the process of acquiring the Bio Metric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. All the tenderers have been so notified.”
Isaac decried that if pursued, it was a setback in its preparations for the General Election.
“In terminating this process the Commission acknowledges that this will be a setback to the expectations of our commitment to automate the voter registration process.”
However, it also said, “The Electronic Voter Registration will however, continue to be used where they were piloted.”
The IEBC assured that the OMR register which was used during the 2010 Referendum with over 12.4 million voters was still valid as it “resolved to use the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) for the voter registration process.”
The voter registration exercise for the March 4, 2013 General Election now begins on September 18 and the exercise will include an update of the current voters register.
“Voter Registration will commence immediately after the by-elections set for 17th September, 2012.This exercise will include an update of the current voters register where those who were not in the register will be registered afresh while allowing those wishing to transfer to do so.”
To carry out the exercise, the chair said, “The commission intends to employ a larger number of clerks, for longer periods during the Voter Registration Exercise.”
The commission will further deploy large servers and other accessories for the purpose of cleaning the register and for de-duplications.
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