IEBC equips tallying centre for elections

Bomas of Kenya GM Quresh Ahmed shows IEBC officials and journalists the facility which shall be used as the national tallying centre for the March 4 elections. Photo/DENNIS OKEYO
By LUCAS BARASA lbarassa@ke.nationmedia.com  ( email the author)

Posted  Monday, February 4  2013 at  15:15
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) expects to receive provisional results in the March 4 elections after centres close for vote counting.

The commission’s Information Technology official Isaiah Langat said from past experiences notably with the 2010 referendum and several by-elections, results will begin streaming by 6:30pm after centres close.

"After tallying is completed, the results will start trickling in. The results will go to a specific server,” Mr Langat, who was accompanied by IEBC Communication official Andrew Limo said.

On Monday, the IEBC demonstrated to the media how the results would be transmitted from the polling centres to the national tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi.

The tallying centre hall was being spruced up and Bomas of Kenya General Manager Quresh Ahmed said it will be partitioned into 10 different rooms.

At the Bomas of Kenya auditorium, there would be four screens that would show the provisional results of the national seats, county, constituency and ward.

The IEBC has established a new system meant to transmit results in real time.

Mr Langat said sending out of election results will follow a laid down transparent and technology enhanced process.

This will be done through mobile phones upon proper verification by Returning Officers.

The electronic vote transmission system (EVT) is intended to work with a GPRS-enabled mobile device.

Connectivity will be enhanced through satellites in areas where mobile phone network is poor.

On Monday, mobile phone firm Safaricom was erecting a mast at Bomas to boost the transmission of the results.

Media houses will further be given space to station Outside Broadcasting (OB) equipments and be given a link to IEBC server for the transmission of the results.

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