The Proposed Bill Seeking To Bring Back Manual Transmission Of Election Results Could Lead Kenya To Turmoil

Written by on February 4, 2022


By Simon Onyango:

The Elections Amendment Bill tabled on the floor of the National Assembly by the majority leader Amos Kimunya , seeking to bring back manual transmission of election results could cause chaos after August Polls .
On his Facebook page, one of the law makers Hon. Moses Kuria rebuked the Bill terming it as a recipe for chaos and disastrous for the country.

In my opinion, there are senses in the above sentiments, some of our leaders are so forgetful, they just want to satisfy their needs, they have forgotten the people they represent – as the globe is embracing technology and digitally, Kenya reverses the gear.
Have we ever asked ourselves some of the grave matters that led the country to a crisis during 2007 general elections? A crisis that left nearly 1,500 people dead and 600,000 displaced? Do we still want to drag the country back to those days? 

To be specific, one of the grave issues that plunged the country into a crisis, was the fact that, election results were manually transmitted from the polling stations to the National Tallying Centre – a lot of injustices happened in between.

I plead with our leaders, be patriots of this country, do not be driven by your interests, represent the people who voted you in, instead of revoking the current electronic results transmission system, why don’t you advance it to end the few errors that have been witnessed in the past ? 

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