- Title: Kenya election chief dismisses opposition hacking claims
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS) EZRA CHILOBA, CEO OF THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (IEBC) AT THE PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) EZRA CHILOBA, CEO OF THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (IEBC) SAYING: "I wish to take this opportunity to confirm that our election management system is secure. There was no external or internal interference to the system at any point, before, during and after the voting, so the R.T.O. system is secure. There was a question about where it was and the reports I saw, we went back to the database that we are using, so that you know the R.T.S. system is based on a database that is very different from the alleged hacked database. Our team has reviewed the alleged log and established that the claims being made could not be substantiated from our end. There was a question about passwords. As I said in the morning no passwords were given to anyone within the commission until the eve of elections as part of assuring the integrity of the system." CHILOBA AND OFFICIALS LEAVING THE PODIUM
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2017 20:54
- Keywords: Kenya election chief opposition hacking claims John Kerry supporters appeals for calm Kenyan election CEO of IEBC
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TFSAPZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Kenyan election commission's computer systems and vote-tallying databases were not compromised at any point during Tuesday's vote, its chief executive said on Wednesday (August 9).
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said the election commission's computers had been hacked and fake results posted online, in what he described as a "massive" poll fraud to show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a strong lead.
Ezra Chiloba, CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), dismissed the opposition claims in a statement that came eight hours after he said he was looking into the claims - which sparked angry protests in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu.
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, foreign observer for the Carter Center, said it was important to show the voters the electoral system was transparent but also urged for calm while results were cross-checked with paper records.
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