IEBC Agree That UNDP Will Monitor Ballot Paper Printing

The United Nations Development Programme.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  have a new job! They have agreed to monitor the printing of the presidential ballot papers for the upcoming Kenyan election on October 26, 2017. So who are UNDP?

According to their website, UNDP (an arm of the United Nations), is "on the ground in about 170 countries and territories, and work to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions so they can sustain their progress."

IEBC said that UNDP has offered to procure presidential ballot papers and results declaration forms on behalf of the commission.

The commission wrote a letter to NASA, and said they have a financing agreement project with UNDP, which has agreed to offer the aid and help to strengthen the electoral process.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati said this will happen despite the commission's contractual arrangement with Dubai-based Al Ghurair firm.

"This assistance is meant to restore public confidence and trust in the integrity of the ballot papers and result forms to be used in the fresh election as well as address the concerns raised by the Supreme Court." he said.

"The commission, in accordance with its Plenary resolution, wrote to the National Treasury vide a letter dated September 19 see advice on further engagement with UNDP with regard to this offer. We await feedback,.

Due to time constraints before the fresh presidential election, the commission will allow the company OT Morpho to manage the KIEMS system.

This time, IEBC will request Safaricom Limited to deploy KIEMS kits tablet SIM cards in all the 40,883 polling stations across the country owing to its strong network coverage.

Chebukati said Safran has assured it will conduct a transparent and publicised dry-run of KIEMS connectivity and performance in respect of result transmission before the election.

"The commission will embed technical experts from the UN and the commonwealth as well as representatives seconded by each candidate into the electoral ICT team," he said.

According to Chebukati, the electoral commission will further procure an independent audit of the commission's data, software and IT system used in the August 8 election.

IEBC also plan have a  reputable organization conduct quality assurance tests of the IT system, before the election date.

The new election date remains as rescheduled for October 26.

The commission has planned a meeting with NASA and Jubilee leaders to deliberate on critical issues.

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