Kalonzo Musyoka: "It's time to revert to exclusively manual voting system"

for Tv47 Digital January 05, 2023, 08:25 PM
Kalonzo Musyoka wants Manual Voting system
Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview with TV47's Elizabeth Mutuku on January 5, 2023. PHOTO/TV47

In Summary

  • Kenya has embraced technology in three key electoral processes: voter registration, voter verification, and the transmission of results.

  • Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka argues that abandoning the electronic voting sytem might help solve such issues like the one Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition raised in its petition in 2022.

Wiper Democratic Movement Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka now says that Kenya should revert to exclusively-manual voting system.

Speaking on Thursday, January 5 in an interview with TV47's Elizabeth Mutuku, Kalonzo maintained that the August 9 2022 Presidential Election was not free and fair.

According to Kalonzo, who is also a co-principal of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition, last year's presidential election results did not reflect the true will of Kenyans.

Contested 2022 Presidential Election

In the closely-contested polls, United Democratic Alliance's William Ruto was declared winner, beating Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga by some 200,000 votes.

The opposition coalition alleged that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance used IT experts to gain entry into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers and alter results in favour of Ruto.

As a result, Azimio went to the Supreme Court to try and overturn Ruto's election win - which was announced by a deserted IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati after four commissioners rejected the results.

Unfortunately for Azimio, the apex court upheld Ruto's win, paving way for his inauguration as Kenya's 5th President.

But Kalonzo insists that President Ruto is a product of a manipulated electoral voting system.

"Mimi nitawahimiza wenzangu katika Azimio La Umoja One Kenya, katika chama cha Wiper Democratic Movement - haswa wabunge, waangazie mambo ya electronic voting. Pengine ni wakati tunafaa kurudia manual voting. Uchaguzi wa mwaka 2022 ulikuwa wa aibu, haukuwa wa huru na haki," Kalonzo said.

Kenya's voting system

Kenya has embraced technology in three key electoral processes: voter registration, voter verification, and the transmission of results.

The adoption of ICT in Kenya’s electoral process has solved perennial concerns like lack of updated voter registers, but it has also raised new issues, such as the security of IEBC servers.

Nonetheless, casting of votes is done manually.

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