In order to make the 2022 General Election transparent, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said it will acquire multiple servers that will be used to transmit election results to the tallying center during next year’s polls.
Speaking on Tuesday, June 15m during the launch of the IEBC Strategic Plan (2020-2024) at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, the commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati opined that the multiple severs will provide access to the media, presidential candidates and the public.
“To enhance transparency, accuracy, verification and promptness in election results management, the commission will deploy multiple servers and provide access to the media, presidential candidates and public portal,”
“This will put to rest the suspicions leveled against the Results Transmission System in the past,” Chebukati said.
Chebukati said he did not want what happened after the 2017 presidential election happen once again.
The Court in 2017 nullified Presidential results after IEBC failed to comply with a court order that required the commission to grant the petitioners and the court access to the servers.
Deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu in the 2017 Supreme Court decision said the judges had no option but to nullify the results since the commission refused to comply with the court order.
“Our order f scrutiny was a golden chance for IEBC to discredit petitioner’s claim but failed to comply with the order,” she said.
Last week, the National Treasury tripled the IEBC budget for the 2021/2022 financial year to Ksh 15 billion down from Ksh 4.6 billion allocated to the commission in the 2020/2021 fiscal year.
In its annual report to Parliament, IEBC had decried lack of enough funding as a major factor affecting its plans to re-use the ‘alleged 2017 faulty’ kits which required updating, auditing, and maintenance.