NAIROBI – Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Thursday confirmed earlier reports of a hacking attempt to its computer systems during the East African country’s recent general election, although it said the attack was unsuccessful.
IEBC Chief Electoral Officer Ezra Chiloba informed of the hack during a Nairobi press conference, in which he promised to provide further information about the incident in the following hours.
Chiloba added that the full recount of Tuesday’s vote was expected to be completed by noon on Friday, although it would need to be cross-checked with local ballot records before it could be made public.
According to preliminary data, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won re-election with 54.3 percent of the vote and a lead of almost 10 percent over his main rival, Raila Odinga.
Odinga, who heads the opposition National Super Alliance, claimed on Wednesday that he had been cheated of victory by the hacking attack, which he said manipulated the election’s results.
“You can only cheat the people for so long,” Odinga said. “The 2017 general election was a fraud.”
Multiple riots broke out throughout the country minutes after Odinga made the allegations.