The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants manually transmitted votes given a priority over the electronic transmission of the presidential results in the August general elections.
This will be the option in parts of the country where there may be network coverage issues and presiding officers unable to transmit results from their polling stations to the IEBC servers.
The commission’s director of legal affairs Chrispine Otieno Owiye asked the National Assembly on Tuesday to pave the way for both manual and electronic transmission of presidential results.
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”This is so that where it is not possible to transmit results, they can move to a place in search of network with security officers. If they fail to get a network, they move to constituency tallying centre and transmit the results,” Owiye said.
The IEBC also wants the law amended to allow a presiding officer to move outside the polling station to “search for a network” to send the electronic results.
”If the result is sent outside of the polling station [under the current Act], the presiding officer commits an illegality. The amendments provide for instances where for lack of network, it is not possible to transmit the results of an election,” the commission says.