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NASA seeks Sh410m from well wishers for 'adopt a polling station' plan

A police officer mans an empty lane leading to a polling station in Dr.Livingstone primary school in Nairobi during a past election. /FILE
A police officer mans an empty lane leading to a polling station in Dr.Livingstone primary school in Nairobi during a past election. /FILE

NASA is seeking Sh410 million from well wishers for the 'adopt a polling station' strategy for guarding its presidential votes.

"...it costs Sh10,000 to adopt a polling station....multiply that by the 41,000 polling stations,"

presidential candidate Raila Odinga said.

"That is the figure we need for the 'adopt a polling station' campaign."

The ODM leader said the role of the officials will be to make sure only votes cast by eligible citizens are counted.

He made the appeal during the initiative's launch in Nairobi on Wednesday.

NASA is putting up a tallying system that will provide presidential vote results within eight hours after stations close.

The IEBC has seven days to announce the winner and NASA could leave it in the dust on August 8. Polls close at 6pm.

Raila is working with IT experts, mostly from Ghana and Germany, to install the tallying system.

"The aim is to forge a secret 'win-in-spite-of-rigging' system and super-fast tally," the experts told the Star.

The team leader worked for the US space agency NASA and devised the vote tallying system in Ghana where the Opposition won in December last year.

It includes a mechanism to ensure no votes are stolen or added.

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On March 28, thye Opposition leader said his team will deploy at least 10 agents to every polling station.

Some will take videos and photos of electoral materials, including Forms 34 and 36, which would be irrefutable evidence in case of a challenge.

Using polling stations' voter registers, agents will monitor who has not voted, trace them and ensure they vote.

Vigilant NASA agents will also eliminate the possibility of ghost voters.

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