Kenyans in the Diaspora have launched a petition hoping to get at least one million signatures on www.diasporacounty.com and present them to the Kenyan government and Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC saying they can vote.
Betting on technology, the Kenyans say a leading internet technology company in the US can include Kenyans in the Diaspora during before the March general elections. The firm has offered to develop a secure and customized platform for Kenya where Kenyans can vote online from any part of the world. A similar service has been used successfully several times to enable diplomatic and military personnel stationed outside the US to take part in presidential elections.
The online petition mostly by Kenyan-born nationals studying, living and working outside Kenya has now raised over one hundred thousand signatures. The petition seeks to ensure a free, fair and transparent election process for all Kenyans, regardless of what part of the world they live in.
Over 3 million Kenyans are in the diaspora who contribute over 5 percent of the country’s GDP. They believe that whether one is in the US, the UK, Ireland, Europe, Japan, Australia, Middle East, South Africa, South Sudan or Uganda should take part in the election process.
You can watch the petition video here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY9n-Kx0PIo