Amani Coalition claims Jubilee smart card is used to access vital IEBC data

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto during the launch of the Jubilee smart card. PHOTO: FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: Amani National Congress ANC has called for the scrapping of the recently launched smart card by Jubilee saying it contravenes sections of the Constitution.

Secretary General Godfrey Osotsi during a press conference in Nairobi claimed that the card helped in accessing vital data on the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission IEBC, registrar of persons and political parties’ membership.

“I am speaking here as an IT expert. This will create integrity issues in the voter register. No wonder we are getting reports that there are double registrations. People are going to voter registration stations and they find their IDs have been taken by other people,” fumed Mr. Osotsi.

Mr. Osotsi added that such issues had not arisen in 2013.

“Analysis conducted by the Commission in January 2017 on the status of the Register of Voters, shows that there are 128,926 records shared registration documents both ID and Passport numbers. This number represents 0.8% of the total number of voters in the database,” said IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati in a previous press conference.

Mr. Osotsi complained that the registrar of persons gives access to various organizations to access data through an API but giving that access to one political party at the exclusion other parties was suspicious.

“If that arrangement is possible that should be communicated to all political parties .The custodian of the data on political parties is the registrar of political parties. Why is it that only one party has been given access to this information,” Mr. Osotsi inquired.