It is still Kenya election day considering that the votes are still being counted but already the opposition is disagreeing with the results. Raila Odinga and his NASA coalition party have rejected the results of the entire general election.
According to them, the electoral commission’s database was hacked and the data manipulated which render the results useless. Raila Odinga claims that the hackers gained access to the database at 12:37 pm on Kenya election day and created errors. in his view, they did this by introducing algorithms that rigged the election in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The opposition candidate held a press conference with his running mate and party officials where they informed the press that the hackers manipulated the election database using passwords stolen from Chris Msando.
You will recall that Chris Msando was allegedly tortured and killed in the days prior to the election. Prior to his death, he had been the senior electoral official in charge of managing the IT systems of the voting technology.
Odinga has, therefore, declared the results which place President Kenyatta in the lead a fraud and termed the hacking as a “tragedy of monumental proportion” and an “attack on our democracy.”
As at the time of the press conference, 72% of the votes had been counted with President Kenyatta leading with 7.7 million votes compared to Raila Odinga’s 6.3 million.
The opposition was still due to meet with officials from the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in order to address the hacking concerns, as at the time of this report and they asked Kenyans to remain calm.
Kalonzo Musyoka, Odinga’s running mate, said;
“We call on Kenyans to remain calm, but there may come a time when we will call you to action,”
The former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, Maina Kiai, has called on the IEBC to publish all Form 34As, a document used to tabulate the results so that observers “can all do the math.”
These claims are highly unwanted as Kenya election day draws to a close. It is very important that the perception of having had a free and fair election be spread around Kenya to avoid any post-election violence but all must be done to still ensure that the people’s vote indeed do count.