Kenya’s Electoral Commission has said it will immediately commence investigations into claims of hacking of its systems by opposition presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stated this during its Wednesday morning briefing in Nairobi, adding that since they still have access to results from the polling stations, they would go back to them during their analysis.
The IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati said: “The claims by the opposition is not about the electoral process but the transmission of results. We will go back to the forms from the polling stations once we receive all of them.”
Raila Odinga had earlier on Wednesday claimed that hackers had broken into the elections database on Tuesday and used the identity of a murdered official of the electoral body to breach the system.
His claim was followed by large-scale agitations and protests from his supporters in the port city of Kisumu which prompted the police to disperse them with tear gas even as another group of demonstrators chanting slogans in Odinga’s support besieged the streets of Mathare in the nation’s capital, Nairobi.
Early results released by the IEBC indicate that incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta is in the lead with 7,618,943 votes (54.5%) followed by Odinga with 6, 241, 496 votes (44.65%) from 37, 514 polling stations out of the 40,833.