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New electoral kits to speed up results release

With the new integrated electoral, election officials will not travel long distances to the national tallying centre before electoral commission declares the winners.

By using multi-layered encrypted security features in the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (Kiems), results announced from the polling stations will be scanned and sent to the commission headquarters in a matter of minutes.

During the August 8 polls, the commission will be using Kiems in each of the 40,000 polling stations countrywide.

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ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

Four thousand kits arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday. More will be coming.

“Between now and Tuesday we will have 10,000 kits in the country. These are the ones we are going to prepare for purposes of verification starting May 10 to June 10,” commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said as he and other top officials received the consignment on Friday.

Kiems, which has been directly procured from Safran Identity & Security, involves biometrically registering and identifying voters, transmitting results electronically and registering political parties and their candidates.

The solution comprises Safran tablets installed with a software to capture participation and vote count information.

RECEPTION OF DATA
The system is divided into five components: the front end application for authentication of election officers and capturing election results.

“The front-end application is the component providing the ability to capture and transmit a digital copy of the tally sheets along with the election results information.

This will include the polling station ID, the number of electors registered at that station, the number of votes, the number of blank and spoilt ballots and the number of votes received by each candidate,” the description states.

The back-end component is a server that will allow the reception of transmitted data and display of the results.

“Additionally, it will provide a raw data streaming service to external entities such as media and or political parties,” the description states.

VOTE TALLYING
The opposition Nasa says they will have a parallel tallying.

READ: Nasa, IEBC agree on vote tallying

Other parties, the media and interest groups will do the same even though they are not making song and dance about it as Nasa is.

Mr Chebukati said that commission has no problem with political parties and the media monitoring and verify the results.

The third component is the telecommunications infrastructure using the existing telecos.

The fourth component is a reporting tool, which will “provide tabular and basic chart reports for the results at the tallying centres”.

The fifth component is the control equipment which will provide “granular access control levels, role-based users within various application security levels for user authentication.

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