IEBC opens up Results Transmission Server for Oct 26 poll

October 31, 2017 4:59 pm
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The IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati when he declared President Uhuru Kenyatta validly elected on Monday/CFM

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday said the Commission had opened up its Results Transmission Server to scrutiny.

In a statement tweeted by the Commission, Chebukati said access rights were provided on request to presidential candidates, their agents and observers for the period covering the October 26 repeat presidential election to Monday, when President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner.

“The Commission is in the process of making arrangements to avail the logs to others upon request,” the statement continued to read.

IEBC’s failure to open up its servers to scrutiny in the annulled August 8 presidential poll informed presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s decision to contest the exercise’s legitimacy in the Supreme Court.

Odinga who had alleged that IEBC’s electronic results transmission system for the August 8 presidential election was hacked, had promised to concede defeat should the server be opened and no evidence of hacking found.

A demand to which the IEBC paid no heed to before going on to declare President Kenyatta as validly elected.

When the matter came before the Supreme Court however, they were directed to grant Odinga and President Kenyatta’s agents read-only access to the server and logs.

An order a majority on the Supreme Court bench found was not complied with when they took the decision to annul the August 8 presidential poll.

“Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for IEBC to place before Court evidence to debunk the petitioners’ said claims. If IEBC had nothing to hide, even before the Order was made, it would have itself readily provided access to its ICT logs and servers to disprove the petitioners’ claims.

“In this case, IEBC’s contumacious disobedience of this Court’s order of August 28 in critical areas leaves us with no option but to accept the petitioners’ claims that either IEBC’s IT system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with or IEBC’s officials themselves interfered with the data or simply refused to accept that it had bungled the whole transmission system and were unable to verify the data.”

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