IEBC Admits Hack Attempt But Says Election Was Not Compromised

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has admitted that there were attempts by unknown external entities to hack into its systems.

The electoral body, however, said the attempt was unsuccessful and the election results were not compromised.

IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe said the technology in which IEBC systems are developed does not allow any external interference, therefore, making the server system still secure and intact.

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The attempt to clear the air on the possible hacking of IEBC systems comes after the National Super Alliance claimed hackers gained access to the servers with the identity and password of murdered IEBC official, Chris Msando.

Mr. Odinga posted online what he said were computer logs proving his allegation.

A Tuesday morning entry in the purported computer logs that Odinga posted on Facebook reads: “Login failed for user ‘msando’. Reason: The password of the account must be changed.”

The opposition also accused the IEBC of streaming fraudulent results which according to them were not verified against the verification form that usually presents results signed by all party agents at constituency level.

IEBC has, however, now assured Kenyans that the tallying of the presidential results using the scanned Form 34As as requested by the opposition is underway and so far so good.

“We appeal to contestants and their agents to bring any complaint formally to the commission for consideration. So far we have 1,200 polling centers yet to relay their results because of logistical and network problems,” said Akombe.

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Election officials are still verifying the final tallies of the 2017 General Elections.

It is not clear how long it would take before results are announced but according to the law, election officials have up to a week from the election to announce the results.