The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received 10,000 electoral kits from Safran Identity & Security, the supplier of the Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (KIEMS) as part of preparations for the August 8 general elections.
The KIEMS kits will be used by the IEBC to verify the registered voters before the elections and to facilitate a smooth and reliable voting process on the Election Day.
(TOP: IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba – left – flanked by IEBC Commissioner, Roselyn Akobe – centre – and Safran Identity & Security Executive Jean Copin – right – reviewing a KIEMS training manual at the firm’s Nairobi Warehouse).
The latest batch of kits pushes the total tally of delivered kits in the country to 25,000. The kits include the MorphoTablet 2.
IEBC has procured 45,000 KIEMS kits, with the whole consignment expected in the country ahead of the general elections.
More than 11,000 KIEMS kits have already been deployed in the ongoing voter verification exercise nationwide.
According to IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, the voter registration verification process is progressing well with the elections body officials already using the KIEMS kit and related infrastructure, which is really reassuring for the entire population.
“At IEBC, it’s all systems go and we expect the entire 45,000 KIEMS consignment from Safran Identity and Security, to be delivered ahead of schedule,”Chiloba said.
The MorphoTablet 2 is a biometric tablet with a 24-hour standby capacity battery pack. The tablet can deliver high accuracy biometric identification and matching while offering 4G high-speed data transfer, enabling efficient results transmission.
IEBC will use the MorphoTablet to verify the voters list before the election and to authenticate the voters with their fingerprints and photo before allowing them to vote. The tablets will also ensure secure transmission of the voter turnout data and election results. To facilitate future voter registration exercises, the MorphoTablet 2 also features a 13 mega-pixel camera with dual illumination system to capture high definition images even in poor lighting conditions.
Safran is also undertaking skills transfer initiatives including user training programmes, technical assistance as well as logistical support for IEBC and will remain available to provide maintenance backup throughout the electoral process.
Safran was in 2016 selected by Ivory Coast’s Independent Electoral Commission to assist during the country’s constitutional referendum on October 30 and the parliamentary election on December 18, 2016. Safran also provided the country’s electoral technology during the country’s 2015 presidential election.
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