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GPS to curb electoral irregularities in Kenya

Kenya: Interim Independent electoral Commission (IIEC) with the support of strategic partners, is working on a GPS-based system for mapping polling centres in Kenya. The technology will identify the electoral units based on constituency rather than administrative boundaries, according to Dismas Ongondi, Director, IIEC ICT.

IIEC sees the piloting of electronic voting registration (EVR) system as a demonstration of its commitment to delivering modern technology in the management of elections in Kenya.

“If it works with a resounding success, we will look at the possibility of rolling it out countrywide. The greatest benefit will be in the integrity of the voters’ register. We are working with agencies such as the Registrar of Persons to ensure that there are no dead voters and double registration,” said Ongondi.

Only recently, the US embassy donated 250 Blackberries to the IIEC. Speaking during the presentation of the gadgets at the IIEC offices, the US Charge d’Affaires Lee A. Brudvig said, “With the built-in GPS in Blackberry, the IIEC staff will be able to accurately map out all registration and polling locations through the country.”

Source: The Standard