The October 17 date set for a re-run of votes for Kenya’s presidential election may just be postponed after a French IT company that supplied the electronic system used in the nullified election told the country’s election board that its technology would not be ready to use again on the said date of re-run.
In a letter from Paris-based OT-Morpho to Kenya’s election board, dated Sept. 18 and seen by Reuters, the company said the two electronic systems it supplied for the vote would have to be reinstalled for the re-run. “This represents a very significant amount of work, which cannot be secured by October 17,” the letter read.
Two weeks ago, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati revealed that key personnel for Kenya’s presidential re-run have been appointed meaning that different staff will be in charge of the re-run.
Chebukati revealed in a statement that it had appointed for three months a project coordinator and officials to run the information technology, logistics, operations and training as well as the national tallying centre during the re-run.
“The appointment takes immediate effect,” Chebukati said.
The move came after the country’s Supreme Court nullified the result of the August vote and ordered a re-run within 60 days, saying incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory by 1.4 million votes was undermined by irregularities.
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