Kenya: Electoral Commission disputes hacking allegations

Kenya: Electoral Commission disputes hacking allegations

Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has disputed allegations that their systems were hacked. IEBC released a statement saying that the system was secure during the elections and that no results were manipulated.

Leader of opposition party, NASA, Raila Odinga made allegations that the election authority’s systems had been “hacked” to manipulate the results in his rival’s favour. Odinga alleges that hackers infiltrated the IEBC systems using the identity of Chris Msando, an election official who was murdered a week before the elections.

We know some persons gained entry into the IEBC Election Management Database & took over the mandate of Kenyans to choose leaders.

— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 9, 2017

Addressing Kenyans on the hacking of the IEBC systems using the identity of the late Chris Musando to manipulate 2017 Results.

— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 9, 2017

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the IEBC, Ezra Chiloba, said at no point was the system hacked. “Our election management system is secure. We confirm there were no interferences before, during and after the polling exercise. The RTS remains a secure asset for the people of Kenya and we have maintained the integrity of the system,” he said.

The IEBC and opposition have called for calm and are urged voters to “maintain the peace” while the final results are being tabulated.

Odinga has been trailing Uhuru Kenyatta according to figures on the electoral body’s live portal. The gap of over a million votes means that Uhuru has all but secured a second term in office.

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