OT-Morpho, the French company providing the voting system for the re-run of Kenya’s presidential election, have reportedly stated that the necessary equipment will not be ready in time for polling day currently due to be held on 17 October. The company said it needs to reinstall the complex voting system for the scheduled re-run and that the “significant amount of work” required cannot be finished before voting day.
OT-Morpho’s concerns were reportedly set out in a letter it sent to the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) according to reports emanating from the Reuters news agency and the BBC.
In a letter dated yesterday (18 September), the company said the two different electronic systems requiring more than 45,000 tablets to be installed for voter identification by fingerprint and photo comparison, would have to be reinstalled for a re-run. The tablets are also used for the secure transmission of election results.
Alleged irregularities in the transmission of results in the August election were one of the problems cited by Kenya’s Supreme Court when it annulled the presidential election result. The Supreme Court is set to release its full report on Thursday.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will not take part in the new election if members of the IEBC are not removed from office.
The Commission has reportedly arranged a meeting with Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga on Wednesday to discuss potential problems ahead of the poll.