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Agency now says hackers attempted, but failed

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The electoral commission has confirmed that there were attempts to hack into their result transmission system, but they failed.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati told the Press that the system is intact and nobody had gained access despite the attempts.

“Hacking was attempted, but did not succeed,” Mr Chebukati told a news conference. He did not elaborate. 

His assertion seemed to depart from a clarification the commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba had delivered Wednesday evening at a Press briefing.

Mr Chiloba had categorically stated that the system was safe and secure, and that there had been no attempts to hack it.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga had claimed the system had been hacked and questioned the authenticity of the presidential results.

As of 6.40pm last evening, provisional results from the election commission website put President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead with 54.32 per cent of votes counted to 44.8 per cent for Odinga, a margin of 1.4 million votes.

On Thursday, the opposition announced Mr Odinga had 8.04 million votes against 7.75 million for Mr Kenyatta.

Nasa posted computer logs to support their claims, but they were “inconclusive”, according to Matt Bernhard, who studies computer security in election systems at the University of Michigan, quoted by Reuters.

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