Technology for re-run of Kenya poll not ready


The French IT company that supplied the electronic system used in Kenya’s nullified election last month has told the country’s election board its technology would not be ready to use again by the date set for a re-run of the vote.

Earlier this month, Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the results of the presidential election held on August 8 and ordered a new poll within 60 days. The election board then declared the re-run of the election would be held on October 17.

In a letter from Paris-based OT-Morpho to Kenya’s election board, dated September 18 and seen by Reuters, the company said two electronic systems it supplied for the vote would have to be reinstalled for the re-run. “This represents a very significant amount of work, which cannot be secured by October 17,” the letter read.