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Team set up to decide how Kenyans abroad will vote

Posted by Administrator on February 3, 2012

Photo/FILE IIEC clerks in Eldoret North constituency on April 27, 2010. Eldoret North was one of the 18 constituencies where a pilot electronic voting registration exercise was held.

Photo/FILE IIEC clerks in Eldoret North constituency on April 27, 2010. Eldoret North was one of the 18 constituencies where a pilot electronic voting registration exercise was held.

A team has been set up to determine how Kenyans living abroad will vote in the coming General Election.

The decision to form the taskforce arose at a meeting involving more than nine ministries and government agencies on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo.

The team is made up of representatives from the Justice,  Finance and Immigration ministries, and the Offices of the President and Prime Minister.

Other agencies represented in the taskforce are the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Gender and Equality Commission, Kenya National Human Rights Commission and the Commission for the Administration of Justice.

The Office of the Attorney-General and organisations representing  Kenyans abroad will also be part of the team.

Kenyans abroad, under the banner of Diaspora Voting Action Committee (DVAC), want the government to ensure that there will be an electronic voting system for them before the end of this month.

“We demand the selection of the electronic voting provider be overseen and decided upon by a joint committee comprising DVAC, acting in liaison with the Diaspora Voting Advisory Councils in various countries and the Kenyan Government,” they said.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Team+set+up+to+decide+how+Kenyans+abroad+will+vote+/-/1064/1318808/-/u3panlz/-/

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