Kenya’s main opposition group said an audit of the electoral authority’s computer servers found they were accessed by “anonymous users” and that there’s no trace of data being submitted by polling stations in this month’s presidential election. The National Super Alliance also alleged in documents submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that scrutiny of the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission servers showed Chairman Wafula Chebukati’s account was “used multiple times to transfer, delete and modify files.” IEBC spokesman Andrew Limo declined to comment.
The alliance has claimed that members of Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party hacked the IEBC’s system to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term in elections on Aug. 8 and the court this week ordered the IEBC to allow the opposition to scrutinize its servers. Kenyatta’s legal team has argued that he won the election fairly.
Alliance leader Raila Odinga has failed on three previous attempts to win the presidency in Kenya, the world’s largest shipper of black tea and a regional hub for companies including Google Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. A dispute over the outcome of a 2007 election triggered two months of violence that left more than 1,100 people dead.
The court’s seven-judge panel will make a ruling by Sept. 1 on the opposition’s petition to annul the election result. Should Kenyatta’s victory be overturned, the East African nation would have to hold new elections within 60 days.