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