Kenya Poll agency upgrading computer system to avert hitches

The electoral commission is upgrading its computer system to eliminate technical deficiencies ahead of the coming General Election.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission official Yusuf Nzibo, who was responding to fears raised following the collapse of its system during tallying of the recent by-election results, said remedial measures were being put in place to prevent similar problems.

Mr Nzibo said the collapse of the IT system affected the commission’s website, and results coming from the constituencies could not be uploaded onto its website.

“The upgrading of the system has been ongoing for the past three months and we expect that it would not fail in future,” he said.

Another commission official informed the Nation that they had contracted a new service provider to ensure a more reliable system.

The official, who did not want to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said returning officers would be supplied with satellite phones to enable them transmit results from areas poorly covered by mobile phone networks.

In Kajiado North, only 40 per cent of the area is covered by mobile phone networks, which posed a challenge to officers relaying provisional results to the commission’s website and to the tallying centres.

IEBC officials took almost seven hours to tally the results in Kajiado North, raising questions about how long it would take in the March 4 General Election.




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