This is how IEBC will prevent rigging in Tuesday’s election

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Mock election exercise during voter clarifying, identification, tallying, transmitting and declaring results at the IEBC national tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, July 28, 2017. [Photo: @Metknu]

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) carried out the electronic results transmission simulation exercise, ahead of the polls on Tuesday next week.

In the presence of all stakeholders and election observers, the Wafula Chebukati-led team demonstrated its Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (KIEMS) that will be used for biometric voter identification and electronic results transmission.

The electoral body demonstrated all the steps it has put in place, to protect votes from being hacked, as indicated below.

1. Presidential election results will be counted first before the five other elective seats, to safeguard against long wait for polling stations to transmit results into constituency tallying centres, then to the national tallying centre a the Bomas of Kenya.

2. Transmitted results will accompanied by scanned results declaration forms, signed by all agents at the polling station.

3. The kit has been configured not to allow the “submit button” to work until the form, and the individual results for all candidates, have been keyed in.

4. KIEMS kits will automatically provide periodic updates to a central, secret server, every three hours. Final tally must match with those of the submitted results.

5. IEBC’s 360,000 temporary staff, who will act as polling clerks and presiding officers will send three-hour updates of the ballots handed out. They must match with those identified by the kits, and the final results.

6. The commission has partnered with mobile subscribers, Safaricom, Airtel, and Telkom Kenya, to ensure maximum capability of the kits to transmit the results. The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has also been enjoined to ensure quality and secure network and manage use of satellite technology.

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Briefing on elections, clarifying voter identification, tallying, transmitting and declaring results at the IEBC national tallying centre a the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, July 28, 2017. [Photo: @Metknu]

There are 40,883 polling stations across the country, 337 tallying centres countrywide.

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Ambassador of Denmark to Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and the Seychelles Mette Knudsen, during briefing on elections, clarifying voter identification, tallying, transmitting and declaring results at the IEBC national tallying centre a the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, July 28, 2017. [Photo: @Metknu]

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