The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has gone paperless in this year’s party nominations, a departure from previous primaries where the outfit has been struggling to ensure credibility in the process.
This year, ODM members across the country are voting for their candidates electronically after identifying their names manually from their local registration list.
The voter then heads to a tablet to key in their ID number. The tablet then displays the names and photos of aspirants from whom a voter is expected to select and then submit the data.
All devices are also geo-fenced, in that they cannot be used in any other station apart from where they are designated to work.
Kenyans have lauded this move by the orange party as its main competitor in the August elections, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) grapples with a tedious analog voting- a process already marred with violence and claims of massive irregularities from aspirants, some of whom have already resigned from the party.
In Embu, ballot materials were torched by angry UDA voters last evening after reports surfaced that the party’s headquarters had ballot papers marked in favor of one of the candidates.
This morning, UDA aspirants in Bomet county withdrew from the race citing irregularities and conmanship from election officials after finding marked ballot papers in favor of a line-up at Tenwek High School.