With Kenya’s General elections just a few weeks away, a Nairobi tech firm has found a smart way to assist candidates to monitor electoral events and receive poll results in real-time. Texcor Group Limited has developed an electoral management system dubbed E-Poll that allows aspirants’ agents to feed electoral data for live transmission to the candidates on the election day.
The platform was birthed in 2015 and was first deployed during Uganda’s 2016 General elections.
Among the notable candidates who subscribed to the service during Uganda’s election was presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi. Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform also subscribed but we experienced short comes after the government switched off the internet for a week.
So, how does the system work?
The technology has captured election data in terms of all polling stations found in Kenya, including the wards, constituencies, and counties that they fall within. The system also has data regarding the number of registered voters found in every given polling center.
As per word on the ground, Kenyans don’t trust the IEBC. They just have to go with it because it is the electoral commission used. The body is known not to be transparent but evenso we still hope for a better turn this coming elections.
I’d say the IEBC is the reason people who don’t turn up to vote don’t actuallyturn up. They have the mentality of “what’s the point of voting if the votes are still going to be stolen?”
I won’t say I know better but that’s just the word on the ground. I hope for transparency this year.
IEBC isn’t really independent as the word says,chebukati on the other hand seem to be partisan .The sidelining of independent presidential candidates speaks volume on how the commission is.
IEBC has never been ready to carry out a free, fair, credible and verifiable election. There has always been some level of unpreparedness from their end. We still have a long way to go to have IEBC in a position to be able to dispense their duty fully.
Ready or not, IEBC is not as independent as the name suggest and even if they were, security afterwards is not guaranteed.
IEBC isn’t independent as it is supposed to be or quoted in the Constitution.Without which it will still be compromised by the political class for their own benefit
IEBC is compromised already and not independent at all
Looking at the previous elections, IEBC has not delivered a free and transparent election. For almost 4 years, the commission has had only 3 commissioners out of 7 . Some commissioners left claiming that they have no faith in the chairman .Therefore this will definitely act as evidence that the body will not delivere a free, fair and credible election.
Transparency is the act of being transparent. This is Kenya and the government already knows who the leaders will be while us citizens are left to vote for formality purpose. In as much as the results will be displayed transparently on live television,they will find a way of making the chosen one to appear on the winning game.
I’ve heard people talking about getting different groups to man the different polling stations. This is a clear issue of mistrust towards the electoral body as well as the protection agencies. This election is another chance for them to prove their worth by ensuring free and fair elections.
Well I think they gave us a surprise.