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NASA ups vote tallying plan, says not leaving room for poll rigging

NASA leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi when they led campaigns for the coalition in Mandera on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. /DENNIS KAVISU
NASA leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi when they led campaigns for the coalition in Mandera on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. /DENNIS KAVISU

The National Super Alliance has mapped out the country in line with its plans to monitor vote tallying on August 8.

The team has assembled choppers, vehicles, and professionals who will take charge of the identified eight regions.

The classification is based on the old provincial administration structure as the coalition moved to set the pace for its adopt-a-polling-station strategy.

"Our role is to ensure 'illegally registered voters' do not turn up to vote," campaign CEO Noman Magaya said on Tuesday.

The regions are Nairobi, Rift Valley, Coast, Western, Eastern, Northeastern, Nyanza, and Central.

A tallying and operation centre at an undisclosed location in Nairobi will back the teams. The main server will be in the capital.

More agents will be deployed in Jubilee strongholds namely Mount Kenya and parts of Rift Valley.

They will have sophisticated gadgets that can secretly record pictures and videos and fast-forward to the command centre.

The poll agents deployed will ensure no ghost electors vote on election day.

Audit firm KPMG estimated that 1,037,260 dead voters could be on the roll.

It recommended the removal of more than 92,277 entries from the IEBC register before the upcoming polls.

The firm has also established that more than 17,523 passports used by some of the voters are inactive.

NASA has also protested that the IEBC database has at least 400,685 people who registered twice.

"IEBC should work with the civil registrar to obtain details of deceased persons registered fromNovember 2012 to December 2016," KPMG said in its report.

Section 30 of the Elections Act states that a political party may appoint one agent for its candidates at each polling station.

"We have already identified them. We know Jubilee will work hard to infiltrate them but we have already dealt with that and it remains our top secret," Magaya said.

NASA has five main affiliate parties — CCM, Wiper, ANC, ODM and Ford Kenya.

A source privy to NASA plans said it will work closely with independent presidential candidates to increase its agents to between five and 10, depending on each region.

The alliance will also fund the agents on behalf of the independent presidential candidates in some regions to have an upper hand over Jubilee, which enjoys incumbency.

NASA is in talks with independent candidates and other smaller parties to strengthen its representation at the polling station.

It takes cognizance of the fact that Jubilee might use cash and state machinery to influence, intimidate and compromise its agents.

The alliance says it has organised good remunerations for its agents compared to JP.

It has also brought on board former IEBC officials and people who have served in state security organs to ensure voter protection succeeds.

The agents will also enjoy services of lawyers, who will be in standby aircraft to respond to emergencies.

NASA voter protection structures are based on reports compiled by private investigators, who look into suspected activities by Jubilee’s top honchos that can compromise a free and fair election.

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