Monday, August 06, 2012
Electronic Voting: Govt Shows Belated Leadership
BREAKING NEWS: Tribunal pinches Nancy Baraza's nose and finds her guilty of gross misconduct. The Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission's decision abandon biometric and opt for manual voter registration is an irresponsible act that throws Kenya to the dogs. Forget about all the empty assurances which are all anchored of individual integrity. Asking for integrity from our leaders amounts to squeezing water out of a stone. The IEBC's decision is not only an admission of failure on their constitutional responsibility. It is a national sabotage and a dereliction of duty. We cannot simply afford to invite enhanced version of 2007/8 chaos. The fact that IEBC could not comprehensively and transparently secure tender for BVR is testimony of our corrupt national fabric. Predictably, the politicians must have been salivating around the tender like vultures circling a carcase. But the Isaack's led IEBC knows our politicians just too well and surrendering a national project as a result of their thieving manoeuvres is akin to moral treason. Even the overtly corrupt Nigeria has a BVR system. We cannot and must not surrender progress and revert to manual voter registration which is an unwitting invitation to Kenya's meltdown in seven months time. Human beings cannot be left to their own goodwill which is perishable. That is why we have laws to tame and equalize all and sundry. We must not experiment with a definite disaster. We must resist IEBC's sentence of national suicide. No to manual vote registration in 2013 under any circumstances.