250 million set aside to upgrade the controversial IEBC

As the 2017 general elections draw closer each day, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is in top gear to ensure efficiency in handling the polls.

IEBC is set to have a major upgrade to its systems in a move seen to help them handle the coming elections efficiently.

The IEBC CEO Mr Ezra Chiloba said the body wants to ensure its system transmits results efficiently .

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The commission announced invitation for bids from qualified firms to the upgrade of their management system and center for data management.

The commission confirmed the fact that they have not changed the system since 2013. They are seeking for an upgraded version that will ensure swift transmission of results continuously with maximum reliability.

The amount set aside will also help in improving the existing data center to make the voter register and elections results easy to retrieve any time. This he added, will be helpful in case of election petitions.
The electoral body also plans to extend its network to other counties and constituencies for efficient information flow.

Mr Chiloba was keen to note that the 250 million allocation for the system upgrade is not part of the current 19 billion allocation from treasury as read in the budget.

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He appreciated the government for willingness to invest and support activities of the electoral body.
IEBC i also expected to hire 30 more clerks for the voter registration exercise scheduled for February next year. This is expected to cost 3.2 billion Ksh

The electoral body will also buy 106, 000 new ballot boxes at a cost of 265 million

IEBC has been under fire in the recent past from the opposition over what it termed as inefficiency. The CORD coalition has been holding demos around the country since April to ask the commissioners to vacate the office.

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There are ongoing deliberations to have this stalemate resolved.
 

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