Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya has owned up to a technical hitch in its electronic result transmission that has delayed transmission of results from polling stations countrywide. CEO James Oswago explained that the hitch had been occasioned by a low disk space in one of its servers. To resolve the problem, IEBC’s engineers have added the disk capacity of the affected server, said Mr Oswago. Addressing a press conference at Bomas of Kenya, Mr Oswago gave an assurance that the system has improved its performance since the repairs were done. He also added that agents of respective presidential candidates had been fully briefed about the hitch.
“The chief agents and ICT experts of the respective presidential candidates have been fully briefed and involved to ensure optimal functining of the system. It is necessary that we maintain a cool approach to this activity,” said Mr Oswago.
The temporary collapse of the results transmission system caused anxiety after IEBC stopped relaying the Presidential results for hours.
Both Jubiliee and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy officials protested the delay in relaying of results and accused the IEBC of negligence after all its top officials left the tallying center.
Kericho Senator elect Mr Charles Keter wondered why the IEBC chairman and the commission’s Chief Executive Officer had all left the center despite the importance of the electoral process.