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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki, Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga, former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki and Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi (From L to R) pose for a photo after attending a meeting in Nairobi, July 20, 2017. The Africa Union (AU) on Thursday called for free, fair and peaceful elections in Kenya and lauded the Judiciary for its preparedness in resolution of poll disputes. XINHUA PHOTO: CHARLES ONYANGO
Kenya’s electoral says ready to conduct presidential polls

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body on Monday said that it is ready to conduct Aug. 8 general elections which are closely contested.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner (IEBC) Commissioner Roseyln Akombe told a media briefing in Nairobi that recruitment and training of the 300,000 electoral staff who will manage the exercise is ongoing as scheduled.

“Given the preparations we have done so far, we are confident we will deliver free, fair and credible elections that will reflect the will of the voters,” Akombe said.

The East African nation’s general elections will involve over 19 million voters who will choose leaders in over 40,000 polling stations.

The commissioner said that the final voter register has been completed and will be published in all polling stations one week before the elections.

IEBC plans to conduct its final test on the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System on July 31.

“The exercise will test the technology that will be used on voter identification and transmission of results,” she said.

The electoral body noted that its previous tests have indicated that the biometric voter identification has 98 percent accuracy.

“Only less than two percent of the voters will be identified through manual processes,” she added.

The electoral body has begun discussions with mobile telecoms to assist in the electronic transmission of the results.

However, in areas with no network coverage the polling body will use satellite phones for communication.

Akombe said that printing of the voting material that is being done outside the country will soon be completed.

“We expect the ballot papers will have arrived in the country by the Aug. 3rd so that we begin the countrywide distribution of the voting material as soon as possible,” she said.

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