Kenya’s Electoral Commission to hold 2-day election tech expo in Nairobi

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) is set to hold a two-day conference and exhibition on election technology at the KICC grounds in Nairobi from September 22 to 23 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

Over 40 firms dealing with election technology, both local and foreign, are expected to showcase their innovations to the Commission and the public.

Electoral management bodies from East African Community (EAC), professionals in electoral technology, political parties and other interested parties have also been invited to the open forum on election technology.

Participants will be expected to interrogate and evaluate the solutions offered by the various vendors and share their findings with IIEC.

The aim of the open day is to expose voters to election technology and give them an opportunity to  try out some of the solution on offer.
The expo is crucial as it comes at time when the expanded 2012 general elections, which will require voters to vote for six elective positions in a single session instead of the traditional three, will require a fast and reliable solution.
The appropriate application of technology should therefore increase administrative efficiency, reduce long-term costs and enhance political transparency.

A voter casts his ballot electronically.