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Monday, October 22, 2012
No Biometric Voter Registration, Manual Chaos
Courtesy of SMG
Something nasty is cooking with regard to preparations for next year's elections. It is less than five months to the landmark polls and the Ahmed Ishaak-led IEBC appears ill prepared for its principal task.
It looks like we never learned any lessons from the near-Armageddon of 2007. The preparations for the next elections is so sloppy so much so that one shudders to imagine a repeat performance that will see dead Kenyans vote and polling stations registering 150% voting.
But the problem is clervely engineered to fail spectarcular. Look no further than the very Goverment. There is more to acquisition of the biometric voter registration equipment.
First the incompetent Government agrees a deal with Canada to secure BVR. Canada then liaises with a French firm to procure the same. But the French firm is now demanding full payment before delivering a single BVR unit despite part-payment.
IEBC also exposed its incompetence when it failed to pass any tendering for BVR thanks to vested interests waiting in the wings for massive kickbacks. Well, the more things change the more they remain the same and even deteriorate.
One thing is certain, the next elections is going to be more chaotic than any other before it. And the consequences are so grim one is better off not even imagining.
Make no mistake, this is no happenstance. The real owners of Kenya need chaos to thrive and advance their selfish interests at our colective expense. And you know what, the Kenyan voter has his/her back bent already to offer them a ride.
The vested interests seconded to IEBC are on a mission to make sure the institution fails. You see, an effective IEBC will deny the power barons the ability to control and dictate matters. They won't allow that to happen. And the joke is on us. NA BADO.