IEBC now says KIEMS gadgets will not be reconfigured to accommodate new presidential candidates owing to significant time constraints to successfully deploy the same.
In an Internal Memo on Saturday, Chiloba said the commission had resolved this following the revision of results transmission workflow.
He said the TRS will only transmits election results from forms 34A and 34B from polling stations and constituency tallying centres respectively.
Chiloba said form 34B excel worksheet will however be revised to include all the seven candidates as appropriate in the order of names captured in the gazette notice.
“On 11 October the high court ordered the commission to include the name of Ekuru Aukot as candidate in the fresh presidential election to be held on October 26. The court also observed that indeed all candidates that participated in the August 8 presidential election were entitled to participate as candidates. Accordingly the commission has now gazetted seven candidates for the fresh presidential election. The commission has however resolved that the RTS will not be configured to accommodate new presidential candidates except for the original two owing to time constraints,” read part of the Memo.
In the Memo Chiloba said the text results shall not be taken into account since the system as configured features only two candidates.
“In other words, the RTS text results which are provisional that would be automatically collated and displayed on the screen or website shall not be availed. The commission is however considering alternative form of display,” he said.
Chiloba said in order to increase transparency in the results process, the commission is exploring mechanisms that will facilitate media access to tallying centres across the country and setting up of a result monitoring centres accessible to candidate agents, observers and other accredited stakeholders.
He said since the KIEMS will remain with names of only two candidates, the PO’s should be trained to ensure that the text information against the two candidates is typed as zero in all data fields.
The original form 34A will then be scanned, transmitted to the national tallying centre as provided for in the current RTS workflow