AG Githu Muigai clashes with CoG over manual back-up for election

By Kevin Wachira

Sharp differences have emerged between the Attorney General Githu Muigai and the Council of Governors over the re-introduction of manual back-up to be used for voter identification in the forthcoming general elections.

While Prof. Muigai is called for enactment of regulations stipulating instances where IEBC should be allowed to use the manual register, the Council of Governors is calling for massive investment in election technology to enhance the confidence of Kenyans in the country’s electoral system.

The government’s chief legal advisor Prof. Githu Muigai had appeared before a joint sitting of the senate’s legal and ICT committees to offer his input to the contentious elections law amendment bill.

It is here that is his counsel over the bill that seeks to re-introduce the manual voter identification and manual transmission of results during the August polls was sought, with Prof. Muigai advocating for the manual backup system.

Prof Muigai however asserted that IEBC and parliament would need to put in place regulations that will stipulate when the manual system can be used. He also sought to clarify the election process will be manual with partial intervention of electronic technology.

The governors however disagreed with the Attorney General and exerted pressure on the government to invest more in electronic back-up for voter identification and transmission of results.

The governors and the media owners also dismissed the notion that some areas lacked network to transmit results calling for the use of satellite network.

The legal committee is expected to retreat to prepare a report on the amendment bill before tabling it before the house this Thursday. If adopted by the Senate, the bill will proceed to the president for assent. If rejected, it will be subjected to a mediation process between the two houses.




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