United Nations Develpment Programme (UNDP) to provide ballot papers for new polls-IEBC

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Ballot papers to be used in the repeat presidential polls will be procured by United Nations Develpment Programme (UNDP), the IEBC has said.

The polls body said that the UNDP offered to procure presidential ballot papers and results declaration forms on behalf of the commission.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati in a letter to NASA, said that the electoral body is in the process of finalizing an agreement with UNDP amid efforts to strengthen the electoral process.

This new agreement will be pursued despite the IEBC’s two-year contractual arrangement with Dubai-based Al Ghurair firm.

The IEBC boss said they have written to the National Treasury seeking advice on further engagements with UNDP with regards to the offer.

“This assistance is meant to restore public confidence and trust in the integrity of the ballot papers and result forms to be used in the fresh election as well as address the concerns raised by the Supreme Court.”

“The commission, in accordance with its Plenary resolution, wrote to the National Treasury vide a letter dated September 19 2017…to see advice on further engagement with UNDP with regard to this offer. We await feedback,” Chebukati said.

He said that due to time constraints before the fresh presidential election, the commission will still engage OT Morpho to manage the KIEMS system.

Chebukati said that the IEBC will request Safaricom Limited to prvide all 40,883 polling stations with KIEMS kits tablet SIM cards owing to its strong network coverage.

OT- Safran will then conduct a transparent and publicized dry-run of KIEMS connectivity and performance in respect of result transmission before the election.

“The commission will embed technical experts from the UN and the commonwealth as well as representatives seconded by each candidate into the electoral ICT team,” he said.

The IEBC boss also said that the commission will further procure an independent audit of the commission’s data, software and IT system used in the August 8 election.

A independent reputable organization will be contracted to conduct quality assurance of the IT system, including penetration tests and issue relevant certificates before the election date.

 

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