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IEBC: Hacking was attempted but did not succeed

 

FILE PHOTO: This is the first time Kenya has deployed the KIEMS technology successfully, IEBC Chairman Chebukati (middle) told the press, and insists it has not been hacked into. PHOTO VIA @teddyeugene

IEBC refutes hacking allegations as Kenya opposition demands Odinga be ‘declared president’

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has dismissed allegations that its servers were hacked, and insist they will only announce final results once all the forms from constituencies had arrived at the tallying centre in Nairobi, and been validated.

One of NASA’s leaders Musalia Mudavadi had Thursday afternoon provided documents purportedly obtained from the servers of the electoral commission (IEBC) via a “confidential source” showing that Raila Odinga had 8.04 million votes, leading Kenyatta on 7.75 million.

“We demand that the IEBC chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare Raila Amolo Odinga… as the duly elected president,” said Mudavadi

This was despite the fact that results streaming onto the IEBC website showed Kenyatta with 8.1 million votes to Odinga’s 6.7 million.

IEBC chief Wafula Chebukati rejected this demand, saying the commission would only announce final results once all the forms from constituencies had arrived at the tallying centre in Nairobi and been validated — expected by midday Friday.

In his response to NASA he detailed that the printout was riddled with arithmetic errors and came from a Microsoft database, while the IEBC’s system was running on Oracle.

Hacking was attempted but did not succeed

The IEBC insists its electronic voting system — seen as key to avoiding fraud — had not been compromised, despite apparent attempts to do so.

“Hacking was attempted but did not succeed, that is our position,” said Chebukati. (see live twitter feed on IEBC page 2)

US state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged “all parties and their supporters to peacefully and patiently await the IEBC’s announcement of official results.

The UK minister for Africa, Rory Stewart, said candidates in the former British colony should “refrain from any actions or statements which could heighten tensions whilst the country awaits the vote outcome.”

Earlier former US secretary of state John Kerry, leading an observer team from the Carter Center, expressed confidence in the integrity of the electronic system.

“We believe the IEBC put in place a detailed, transparent process of voting, counting, reporting and securing the vote, all of which lends significant credibility and accountability,” Kerry told journalists.

Some 400 international observers were present for Tuesday’s vote.

Marietje Schaake, head of the EU mission, said IEBC officials were “working around the clock. It’s important they have the time to do these procedures well.”

Declare Odinga winner

Earlier, Kenya’s opposition had demanded that its candidate Odinga be declared president, rejecting results that showed him trailing incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in a fraught election that has sent jitters through the east African nation.

Celebrations erupted in opposition strongholds that have also seen angry protests over Odinga’s rigging claims, which sparked a gloomy sense of deja vu in a country that witnessed disputed polls in 2007 and 2013.

Britain and the US joined foreign observer missions from the European Union, African Union, Commonwealth and the Carter Center in urging party leaders to be patient and refrain from inflaming tensions ahead of the release of final results, expected Friday.

But the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) doubled down on accusations the counting process was a “sham” after Odinga claimed Wednesday that hackers broke into the electronic tallying system and manipulated results.

IEBC chief Wafula Chebukati rejected this demand, saying the commission would only announce final results once all the forms from constituencies had arrived at the tallying centre in Nairobi and been validated — expected by midday Friday.

In his response to NASA he detailed that the printout was riddled with arithmetic errors and came from a Microsoft database, while the IEBC’s system was running on Oracle.

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