By Reuben Olita
Activist Okiya Omtatah has urged politicians to embrace digital elections which he noted will reduce disputes that is synonymous with the polls after every five years.
Addressing the press in Kwangamor after a Thanksgiving mass for his mother, Wilmina Masai Okoit who turned 83 years today, Omtatah said Kenyans need accurate, simple and verifiable elections as per article 81 and 86 of the constitution.
” We need tamperproof elections that was invented in Brazil and perfected in India and other places,” he said, adding that manual elections should be a a thing of the past.
He added:” In cases where digital election method is not used, the seven days given to file presidential petition and 14 days to determine the case is unrealistic.”
” We need to move away from free and fair elections to tamperproof elections. There is need by Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to benchmark in Brazil or India on digital elections instead of European countries.
He said most cases of election disputes where digital system is used are solved administratively by looking at the servers instead of seeking legal redress.
Omtatah also revealed he will vie for the seat of Senator at 2022 elections, noting that he will not underrate his opponents who may also spring a surprise.
Omtatah who stood on Ford Kenya ticket in 2017 elections said although he is still in Ford K, he is waiting which Presidential candidate the party will support before making informed decision.
” If we agree on the candidate then I will stick with the party, but if they settle on a candidate that I don’t like then I will quit the party and seek election on another party.
On the alleged abduction of blogger Dennis Itumbi, Omtatah urged the police to launch investigations and tell Kenyans what happened.” It’s too early to jump into conclusions.Let law enforcers give us coherent story on what really happened.”
Regarding the tarmacking of the 22.1kilometres Mungatsi- Kwangamor- Kocholia road, Omtatah said tenders have already been opened and evaluation undertaken.
” What is remaining is the contractor to kick start the Ksh.2.2billion project.The 3km stretch from Mungatsi- Benga will be undertaken by Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) while the 19.1km stretch to Kocholia will be done the Kenya Rural Roads Authority.