The Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (KIEMS), supplier to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has confirmed the arrival of 10,080 electoral kits.
The KIEMS kits supplied and airlifted by Safran Identity & Security ahead of the August 8 general elections arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on 2nd June aboard Kenya Airways.
This pushes up the tally of electoral kits in the country to 35,000, enhancing the preparation for the general elections. A further 10,000 kits are expected in the country in the coming weeks.
These kits, which include the innovative MorphoTablet™ 2 of Safran Identity & Security, are part of a consignment of 45,000 kits ordered by the IEBC. More than 11,000 kits have already been deployed in the ongoing voter verification exercise nationwide.
Using its latest innovations in biometrics, Safran Identity and Security is providing a comprehensive solution to enable the IEBC verify the registered voters before the elections and to facilitate a smooth and reliable voting process on the Election Day.
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. “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,” Mr Chiloba said.
The KIEMS solution delivered features the secure MorphoTablet 2, an innovative and sturdy biometric tablet with a heavy duty 24-hour standby capacity battery pack. This unique, multi-functional tablet can deliver high accuracy biometric identification and matching.
The touchscreen Android device offers 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.