By Felx Olick and Lonah Kibet
Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang has added another twist surrounding the controversial 3.9bilion biometric voter registration process suggesting that it should be suspended till 2017.
Kajwang said that it was not possible to use the system in next year’s polls because of its complexity warning that it would be a recipe for chaos.
“Forget about thumb prints, forget about photographs, those are very complex things that need a lot of time, a lot of patients and a lot of testing if they don’t want us to go the way we went last time(2007) ,” insisted the Immigration Minister.
He maintained that the process cannot be effectively implemented in less than one year adding that next year’s election is viciously contested and cannot be used as an experiment.
Speaking in his offices at Nyayo House in Nairobi yesterday, The Mbita MP cautioned the Isaac Hassan led Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) against imposing on voters a system which he termed as new and untested.
He said that it was imperative that both voters and candidates clearly understand how the biometric process works which he said calls for thorough education.