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Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 18:22 EAT
CORD presidential aspirant Kalonzo Musyoka has urged the government to allow the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to hire the electoral devices to be used in next year’s general election instead of buying them. The Wiper Democratic Movement leader today said leasing the devices could cut the expenditure on elections by up to Sh10 billion and seal loopholes that could be used to perpetrate electoral malpractices.
Speaking in Voi, Taita Taveta County, Mr Musyoka said hiring the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from experienced and respected dealers will be cheaper than buying new ones after every general election and will lock out the possibility of rigging. “The process of procuring BVR kits could be unnecessarily lengthy and open to manipulation. Rigging begins in the procurement of electoral materials and registration of voters,” he said.
He said if the yet to be formed IEBC takes longer, it could not have adequate time to follow the public procurement process in acquiring the devices, and argued that buying new electoral gadgets every general election is expensive than leasing them when need be. "Technology is advancing and electrical equipment are getting obsolete very fast. What is the best and latest in technology today could not be useful in next three years", he said.
Mr Musyoka maintained that BVR kits were used to rig elections in the 2013 national polls, adding, failure of the kits at some stations was pre-planned in advance to ensure shambolic elections for manipulations. The former vice president started an intensive campaign blitz on Friday and traversed areas in Makueni, Machakos and Taita Taveta counties to consolidate his support base. He is on a tour of the counties to popularize his presidential bid in next year’s elections.
He urged supporters to acquire national IDs and voters’ cards and rally behind him in his second stab at the presidency if his CORD co-principals Moses Wetangula and Raila Odinga to support his presidential ambitions. “You must be ready to take the kicks when I grab the bull by its horns,” he said, asserting that he was the coalition’s best choice to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta and end "the senseless looting of public resources under the Jubilee government."