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Independent Candidates Against Bill Seeking to Bring Back Manual Transmission of Poll Results


A group of independent candidates in the forthcoming general elections have dared parliament to pass the Elections Amendment Bill 2022 that seeks to bring back the manual transmission of poll results.

According to Independent Candidates Caucus Nairobi Chapter David Otieno the proposal if passed will see massive irregularities in tallying and that it is a scheme for rigging.

“This is a well-orchestrated scheme to steal the people’s will and if this backward amendment passes through in the parliament then we shall not have free, credible and fair elections come August this year,” he said.

“Our election system is very good and when implemented the results can be credible and that’s why we move from manual system,” he added.

They now feel that the manual system will favour those in political parties and that it will be  easy to shortchange independent candidates.

“We are going to be the most disadvantaged  group you can imagine being in main tallying center as an independent  candidate then everything is done manual yet you fund your own agents …there will be no transparency be rest assured,” he stated.

The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022 also seeks to quash a requirement by the IEBC from availing polling station results on an online portal.

The Bill also seeks to bar media houses and other online portals from streaming the elections results live.

Meanwhile Tangatanga allied members of parliament are opposing the recommended changes saying it’s a state plot to rig elections in favour of their competitor.

The law requires Presiding Officers to transmit results at every polling station to the Returning Officer based in their region of jurisdiction.

By Allan Otieno