Kenya’s electoral commission chairman has admitted its database was a target of an unsuccessful hacking attempt, but it has failed to convince the opposition, which continues to dispute the results.
Wafula Chebukati’s remarks came on Thursday following allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga that hackers infiltrated the database and manipulated results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta after Tuesday’s vote.
Chebukati said “hacking was attempted but did not succeed” and tallying of final results was continuing.
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With results from 97.6 percent of polling stations counted, Kenyatta held a strong lead.
Late on Thursday Odinga said most of more than 20,000 polling station result forms uploaded to the election commission’s website were fake, doubling down on previous claims of “massive” fraud in Tuesday’s presidential election.
He told Reuters news agency that most of the forms he considered fake had been filled out by agents working out of a Nairobi hotel. He provided no proof for his claim.
Earlier in the day, opposition coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi told journalists that “confidential sources” within the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said that Odinga had won the presidential poll with 8.04 million votes against incumbent Kenyatta with 7.75 million.
A senior official in the IEBC, however, has dubbed the opposition claims as “ridiculous”. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t believe they have any credible data,” Abdi Yakub Guliye told Reuters.