Kenyans abroad push for e-voting
Posted by Administrator on February 1, 2012
Kenyans in the diaspora have presented a list of demands to the government which they want met to facilitate their effective participation in the next General Election.
This comes as Prime Minister Raila Odinga is set to chair a Cabinet sub-committee that is expected to give the way forward over their participation in the poll.
According to Mr John Maina, the PM’s adviser on diaspora affairs, the meeting seeks to develop a universal document that will address their registration and voting guidelines.
“If agreed upon by all stakeholders, this document can be adopted as the government policy on diaspora registration and voting exercise,” said Mr Maina in a statement.
The meeting is expected to be attended by Cabinet ministers Otieno Kajwang’ (Immigration), Moses Wetang’ula (Foreign Affairs) and Mutula Kilonzo (Justice).
In a petition to Mr Odinga, seven diaspora organisations want the government to put in place within the next 30 days adequate mechanisms that will enable Kenyans abroad to vote electronically.
They want the polls commission to invest in electronic voting since the manual system could present logistical problems due to inadequate polling stations.
They also want the electronic voting provider to be selected by April 15.
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