Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) had in the period leading to the declaration of results cried foul alleging that IEBC servers had been hacked, claiming results being transmitted electronically from 40,883 polling centers had been tampered with.
The Commission rejected demands by the alliance compelling it to declare the opposition chief as the winner of the election based on the results NASA claimed were legitimate, with Chebukati saying in response that such an action would amount to the breach of IEBC’s independence.
“There’s only one election management body in this country and that is IEBC. This is the body mandated to run elections, count ballot papers and it is our job after counting to announce those results. If a candidate brings results to us, we cannot take those results,” Chebukati said Thursday night.
IEBC also dismissed claims servers upon which the electronic Results Transmission System was anchored had been hacked, Commissioner Abdi Guliye saying no hacking had been reported and that there were measures in place to guard against internal and external intrusion.
“There has not been any hacking and we’ve not reported on any. The story about hacking is something that is not there at all. We’ve invested heavily in security systems and we’ve deployed various personnel to monitor on a 24-hour basis the integrity our system,” Commissioner Guliye asserted.