The Kenyan government’s quest to use modern technologies to minimise election fraud and guarantee a credible electoral process will again come under a stiff test during general polls on Tuesday.
The opposition has accused the government of working with the Electoral Commission to rig the polls, but both the government and the electoral commission have denied the claims.
The Kenyan government has decided to use electronic systems to avoid double registration of voters and ballot stuffing.
Director at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights, Professor Frans Viljoen, has stressed the need for electoral bodies to be independent and impartial.
“Independence would mean an entity organising elections should not depend for its authority on the State. It should not suffer from an appearance of being biased. If one uses those principles where the authority of the body is located and is there is a reasonable comprehension of bias, therefore it would not fulfil the ideal of impartiality.”
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– By Tshepo Ikaneng