Kenyans To Use Technology To Stop Election Fraud And Violence

By Staff Published: July 29, 2017, 2:11 pm
Presidential ElectionKenyans will vote again on October 26, but should tech play a part once again? (Photo: usip.org)

Kenya’s last two general elections have been tarnished by allegations of fraud and outbreaks of violence, which have divided the nation since.

The country is hailed as Africa’s Silicon Savannah and when citizens head to the polls again on August 8, they will be using technology to make sure these elections are free and credible.

A game-changing court ruling recently declared that results announced by constituency tallying centers must be regarded as final and a transparent system to transmit results has been created to prevent rigging.

From CNN.  By /

As a result, an officer at each polling station will transmit real-time numbers electronically through a secure mobile phone.

Election observers will also take photos and videos of every announcement and post these on social media to verify this process.

Meanwhile, biometric voter registration will allow Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to eliminate duplicate and “ghost” voters.

Kenya’s active youth population is also engaged in helping to build an accurate picture of what’s happening across the country in real time, supporting a more peaceful and fairer process.

Read more at CNN.

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