Concerns raised by the Kenya Kwanza and Azimio coalitions regarding the suspected disappearance of 3000 KIEMS kits have been addressed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The teams of the former prime minister Raila Odinga and the vice president William Ruto met with the IEBC last week to discuss their concerns on the allegedly missing KIEMS kits.
However, the IEBC has refuted claims that kits are missing.
BVR kits, which are used for voter registration, are the electronic devices in question, according to a statement from IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
“This story is deceptive and false. It was BVR kits, not KIEMS kits, that were mentioned in the Auditor General’s report. BVR kits are used to register voters, not to cast ballots. Technically speaking, the 15,000 BVR kits that the Commission purchased in 2012 are no longer in use, according to Chebukati.
He also said that the Commission has the authority to prevent the use of a single KIEMS kit if it is lost.
The kit will be prevented from doing any transactions on the system if it is lost, he said, adding that the Commission keeps an inventory of all of its kits.
Four days before the August elections, a clarification is provided.
The KIEMS kits will be used by the IEBC to electronically validate voters before allowing them to cast a ballot.
The same kits will be used to send photographs of 34A to the national tallying center for review while transmitting election results.