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Kits for August elections to arrive next week as audit of voter register begins

IEBC chairman Chebukati Wafula

The first batch of the 45,000 kits to be used in the August 8 polls are expected in the country next week even as an audit firm starts a forensic inspection of the voter register.

According to a statement by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Safran Identity & Security, the supplier of the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS), would deliver all the kits in time for testing and certification. The law requires that this happens 60 days before the elections.

“The KIEMS is expected by mid this month, holding all factors constant. Once the commission receives the kits, it will hold a public exhibition to showcase how the new system works,” Mr Chebukati said.

In a statement on its website, the chairman said KPMG had begun the forensic audit of the voter register to ascertain that those registered were genuine.

This, he said, followed the commission’s fulfilment of legal requirements, as set out under the Elections Act, and the decision of a court on March 30, 2017.

“The audit shall be undertaken by KPMG for a period of 21 days with effect from March, 31 2017,” he said.

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