Kenya's opposition, election commission argue over access

2017-08-29 18:57
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. (AFP)

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Nairobi - Kenya's electoral commission has declined to give the opposition access to its computer servers even after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so, the opposition said on Tuesday as it continues to challenge the results of this month's presidential vote.

Opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga has claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta's win with 54% of the vote was fraudulent.

Odinga has claimed that hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's servers and manipulated results in Kenyatta's favor.

Odinga's spokesperson Dennis Onyango said the opposition has been denied "read only" access to the servers and to the equipment that transmitted the results from polling centers to tallying stations.

The Supreme Court has ordered the electoral commission to give the opposition "read only" access.

Onyango said the electoral commission has only offered the opposition the printed logs from its servers instead.

Paul Muite, the lawyer for the electoral commission, told the Supreme Court that the servers are in Europe and people there were asleep when access was requested. "It is just an issue of logistics," he said.

James Orengo, one of Odinga's lawyers, said the electoral commission's lawyer was not telling the truth because by the time the court ordered the access to the servers on Monday morning it was daytime in Europe.

The president of the Supreme Court has said he would make a ruling on the issue later on Tuesday.

Read more on:    uhuru ke­n­yatta  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.