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IEBC now seeks external expert to audit its data

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

The national electoral agency is seeking an external consultant to audit its data systems in a process set to answer outstanding queries over transmission of the August 2017 Presidential poll results.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati said the consultant will review the system and publish results for the public to know whether there was foul play.

The Supreme Court annulled the results citing irregularities in transmission.

“It is not true that we refused to open the servers,” he said. “What we need is an external consultant to carry out a systems audit and then open the servers to the public.” Mr Chebukati was speaking in Nairobi yesterday during the launch of the post-election evaluation report for the August 8, 2017 and October 26, 2017 repeat presidential election.

He said that procuring the consultant requires financial resources and urged the Treasury and Parliament to work together and ensure that the funds are allocated in the 2019/20 budget whose process has formally started.

“We need money to hire an external consultant and the National Treasury must provide the money. Without the money there is no way this work will be done,” he said without disclosing the amount.

Mr Chebutkati said the IEBC was ready to sit down with Parliament to discuss its budget.

“If the Treasury provides the funds you should not re-allocate the amount when it comes to adopting the budget,” he said, in remarks directed at William Cheptumo, Chairman of Justice committee of the National Assembly, who was present.

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