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IEBC probing Raila allegation of software hack

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga casts his vote at Old Kibera Primary School on August 8, 2017. PHOTO | NMG
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga casts his vote at Old Kibera Primary School on August 8, 2017. PHOTO | NMG 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it will look into claims made by NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga that its software was hacked on election day.

"As a commission we shall come up with a methodology to verify the allegations made on hacking," IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a briefing early Wednesday afternoon.

The agency also said it had received 28,000 form 34A's as at 9 a.m. this morning, adding that in case of any discrepancies between hard copy and electronic results, hard copy results signed by agents will be final.

The move come on the heels of the official opposition's rejection of the General Election results, with NASA claiming this morning that the polling agency's software was hacked to engineer favourable results for the incumbent administration.

In a press conference beamed to a countrywide audience, NASA frontrunner Raila Odinga alleged that cyber criminals had tampered with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) system of tallying and relaying election results.

"Hackers gained power to add or delete anything on the IEBC database...We are telling our people not to accept results, stay calm as we get deep into this," he said in the Wednesday morning address.

He also alluded to a link in the alleged systems hack to the murder of IEBC director of ICT Chris Msando just over a week ago. He however did not table any evidence of these links.

NASA is claiming that the systems hitch has affected all results, included those for other seats including the gubernatorial, senatorial and other political races on the ballot.

"This attack on our democracy affected election results in all 47 counties", Mr Odinga said.

"Uhuru must go home, IEBC must be fully accountable," he added.

Mr Odinga was accompanied by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi.

The electoral agency yesterday expressed its satisfaction with the technology that identifies voters electronically.

“By large we have seen an orderly process despite a few hitches. But I would say technology worked like never before,” IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba said yesterday.

As voting drew to a close yesterday, Mr Mudavadi had expressed NASA's satisfaction with the process as at that point.

“We commend (election officials) for the good job so far... we also wish to commend security agencies for the professionalism displayed,” Mr Mudavadi said at a news conference about an hour before polls were due to close at 5pm.

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