Kenya scraps e-registration
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Aug. 3, 2012, 11:07 a.m.
Kenya has reverted to manual voter registration after cancelling a biometric registration plan.
Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had planned to acquire biometric voter registration technology said this week it had scrapped plans to use biometric technology to register voters for the next election, to be held in March 2013.
The registration process will start next month.
It had been hoped that biometric voter identification would help the country avoid the fraud allegations that marred the last election.
However, delays in awarding the tender for supply of the Biometric Voter Registration kits for 1450 assembly wards resulted in the IEBC terminating the plan.
The Commission said in a statement: “The Commission wishes to make it known to Kenyans that we have terminated the process of acquiring the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. All the tenderers have been so notified. This tender has attracted considerable public attention.
We wish to assure the public that all the key stages in the procurement process were guided by the Commission’s core values of respect for the Rule of Law, commitment to transparency and accountability.
In terminating this process the Commission acknowledges that this will be a setback to the expectations of our commitment to automate the voter registration process. The Commission is committed to its corporate values and takes its promises to the Kenyan people very seriously.”
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Ghana’s ‘big bang’ approach tackles data penetrationWith 110% voice penetration, full data penetration is the next big target in Ghana, says the NCA. Read More
Kenya unveils new ICT master planKenya has launched the national Information, Communication Technology Master Plan 2017 to spur economic growth in the country. Read More
Botswana to enhance education through ThutonetLaunching the Thutonet Governance Structure, Secretary of Education Reforms, Taboka Nkhwa, said for Botswana to make any appreciable progress in its socio-economic development efforts, substantial resources should be directed at improving educational delivery. Read More
Kenya to digitally register all citizens afreshKenya plans to digitally register all citizens as part of national planning and the war against terrorism. Read More
Botswana passes electronic transaction, communications billThe Botswana Parliament has passed the Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill, which gives legal recognition to electronic transactions. Read More
Angola stimulates ICT innovation in governmentThe Angolan Government is seeking to boost the use of ICTs in public service administration and service delivery through its ‘Innovate’ programme for the public sector. Read More
Kenyan Deputy President takes to TwitterKenya’s Deputy President William Ruto took to Twitter today, to interact with Kenyans on the platform for the first time. Read More
Nigeria, China sign power MoUA consortium of companies in Nigeria and a Group of top-rate Chinese investors have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on power plant projects, including the assembling and manufacturing of pre-paid power meters. Read More
Cofek challenges Kyalo appointmentCofek has challenged the appointment of the Information, Communication and Technology Authority Chief Executive, Mr Victor Kyalo. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030
Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches
Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.
COMPANY NEWSFurther African expansion for Phoenix
Phoenix Distribution, a leading broad-based distributor on the African continent, has expanded its office in Nairobi, Kenya, in a move to better serve its partners in East ...