IEBC gives Raila access to its 8 servers hours after standoff

for Tv47 Digital August 31, 2022, 06:27 PM
IEBC grants access to servers
A file photo of IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says that it has complied with Supreme Court's directive and issued access to its servers.

"Following the Supreme Court order, [IEBC] has granted access to the parties to access the servers and the scrutiny exercise is ongoing," the electoral commission says on its official Twitter account.

This comes hours after Senior Counsel James Orengo, in his submission to the Supreme Court shortly after hearing resumed at 2 pm, had lamented that IEBC had given access to only one of its 8 servers.

Previous standoff

"We are having difficulties with the orders relating to inspection of the IEBC servers. We have been given restricted access only to the result transmission system only to one server. It has been established that the IEBC has got 8 servers," Orengo said.

Consequently, Orengo told the seven-judge bench that the petitioner had formally written to Judiciary Registrar Anne Amadi over the same.

"We have taken the decision to write formally to the registrar in the hope that the court can resolve this matter as quick as possible because we are running out of time," he added.

 Justice Isaac Lenaola acknowledged that they were ware of the issue and promised to follow up on the question.

"We are aware of that issue and we are following up on the question and as far as we know, the exercise is continuing. Should there be an issue later in the day or tomorrow morning, we shall receive a report. Let's leave it for now, we shall report again tomorrow morning," said Justice Lenaola.

IEBC system tampered with

In his submission earlier today, Senior Counsel Philip Murgor had argued that the IEBC election management technology had been interfered with to alter voted in favour of President-elect William Ruto.

“There was overwhelming evidence of back tallying of Presidential results, a form 34C was being generated with a desired result, and then a process of going backward to change form 34B and 34A to give the desired result,” he told the Supreme Court.

Murgor added that the technology was corrupted and manipulated by a group of 50 people in Karen, Nairobi, and that the results declared by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati cannot be a representation of the true will of the Kenyan people.

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