NASA high-tech vote-guarding gadgets arrive in the country

The adopt-a-polling-station strategy will see all the 40k centres guarded by 5 Opposition agents who will be equipped with smartphones, tablets and digital cameras with high resolution.

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Hundreds of high-tech communication gadgets to be used in the elaborate vote protection strategy by the National Super Alliance (NASA) have begun arriving in the country, 25 days to the polls.

The first batch was secretly delivered last week to a secluded warehouse in Westlands, Nairobi according to a report by the Star.

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From left: Nasa co-principals Isaac Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula at the launch of the coalition’s manifesto at Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi on June 27, 2017. PHOTO: JEFF ANGOTE/NATION MEDIA GROUP

Addition devices are expected to land in the country from next week before the Nasa secretariat embarks on training poll agents.

The Raila Odinga-led coalition has adopted a multi-layer strategy to seal possible rigging loopholes at the polling stations, where they say election results have manipulated previously.

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According to sentiments by Nasa honcho Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta doesn’t stand a chance against him in the forthcoming poll scheduled for August 8, that is if “the elections are free and fair.”

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that smartphones, tablets and digital cameras with high resolution are among the devices Nasa vigilantes will use.

According to reports, Nasa contracted a leading mobile phone manufacturer in Europe to design the gadgets which boast inbuilt software that will directly link the national presidential tallying centre in Nairobi.

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The Opposition coalition will have five agents per polling station and will be equipped with a digital camera and a smart phone to record the vote counting and results declaration.

The agents will then transmit the results in real time to the Nasa national tallying centre. The Raila-led coalition believes the parallel vote transmission will tally results from across the country within eight hours after the close of voting.

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Nasa plans to have committees with a chairman, secretary, treasurer, a youth and a woman in all the 40,883 polling stations.

The Opposition has launched a vigorous campaign to raise funds mainly to empower polling station agents who will ensure vigilance at the polls on August 8.

They need Sh410 million to finance the project as each polling centre will cost Shs 10,000. Millions have already been raised through MPesa for the ‘adopt-a-polling-station’ strategy.