Ni Wakati Tume ya Uchaguzi ya Taifa ifikirie kutumia electronic voting. Isisubiri hadi watu wachinjane. Hebu soma:- "Kenya may adopt an electronic voting system by 2012 should stakeholders and the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) agree. Yesterday at the National Conference on Electoral Reforms, President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, ministers and party leaders were shown how an electronic voting machine works. The gadget costs about Sh20,000 a piece. Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo agreed the machine could revolutionise the electoral process in a short time. "The machine is used in India, which has over 700 million registered voters, and 500 million voted in the last election and results announced within four hours," Mutula said. Mutula whose Ministry is hosting the conference jointly with UNDP, the Institute for Education in Democracy, the IIEC and the Interim Independent Boundaries Commission explained that the machine was in use as best practice in democratic elections. "It eliminates rigging claims, manual tallying and delay of results," Mutula said. Yesterday Mr Dhuladhuli Rao took Kenyans through the process of electronic voting, which operates like the commonly used Automated Teller Machine (ATM). Vote twice "You cant vote twice. You swipe the card and press the button to confirm your candidate," Rao explained to enthusiastic attendants The chairman of IIEC, Mr Ahmed Isaack Hassan said his mandate in the Constitution includes "development of a modern system for collection, collation, transmission and tallying of electoral data." Said Mr Hassan, "Electronic voting must be emulated. It is part of the best practice in the elections worldwide." Hassan said the UNDP has agreed to take the IIEC commissioners to India to study electronic voting. The electronic voting machine is a micro-compressor-based instrument designed to modernise voting. It is simple to operate and can be installed at a short time. Rao explained that the package comes with a battery that lasts 48 hours. "There is no scope for spoiled votes and total secrecy of voting data is maintained. It is possible to declare the results on the same day at the end of the poll, and benefits both election officials and voters," Rao explained. The ballot unit has a ballot paper secured under protective cover. "The machine is fool proof and is designed to collect, record, store, count, and display voting data," Rao said. "The machine cannot be tampered with or rigged. It incorporates a microchip that has fused firmware, which cannot be altered. At the close of poll, the Presiding Officer can disable it by pressing the close button," Rao said. The electronic voting machines were first used in 1983 in India but large-scale use of voting machines was from 1998. The machines have helped India eliminate the manual use of ballot papers, drastically reducing the costs of an election. They are portable and smaller than the black ballot boxes used in Kenyas elections. However, the use of electronic voting will require education among voters."