Inside Commissioner Nyangaya’s affidavit on how hackers manipulated Forms 34A

These are the same officers who were helping Chebukati to unilaterally process the results, that he subsequently declared - IEBC Commissioner Justus Nyang’aya

Electoral Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, left, chats with IEBC commissioners, at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas of Kenya,

Commissioner Justus Nyang'aya of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has detailed how IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati allegedly colluded with three other staff at the commission to intercept and manipulate Forms 34A during the presidential elections.

In a sworn affidavit filed in response to the Raila Odinga and Martha Karua petition at the Supreme Court, Nyang’aya stated that Chebukati recruited three IEBC staff identified as Abdidahir Maalim, Moses Sunkuli and Gideon Balang who were then used to intercept and manipulate the results.

“These are the same officers who were helping Chebukati to unilaterally process the results, that he subsequently declared,” the commissioner claimed.

The three officers are yet to submit their responses to the claims made by the commissioner.

The affidavit details that Using ID '0', a foreigner who was part of the scheme infiltrated IEBC servers and manipulated Forms34A from polling station even as the country awaited the results of the presidential elections.

According to Nyang’aya who is among the four IEBC commissioners who disowned the results of the presidential elections announced by Chebukati, the foreigner also pulled down Form 34B as soon as they were uploaded and replaced them with new ones bearing manipulated results.

"That I am also aware that after the previously pulled down results were uploaded afresh there would be amendments for Form 34B," his affidavit read in part.

Nyang’aya further detailed that a foreigner who was part of the scheme had access to IEBC servers from June 01.

According to his affidavit, the commissioner maintained that logs obtained from the IEBC servers can confirm that scheme in which the three IEBC staff members allegedly recruited by Chebukati colluded with the foreigner to manipulate the data.

His claims come in the wake of a statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detailing the evidence gathered from three Venezuelan nationals at the center of claims of interfering with Kenya’s presidential elections.

Salvador Javier Suarez, Jose Castellano and Joel Garcia were intercepted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on July 21, 2022.

In the statement released on Friday, August 26 in response to the Raila Odinga and Martha Karua petition filed at the Supreme Court of Kenya, DCI confirmed that the trio had access to key election materials such as KIEMS kit and passwords of IEBC personnel.

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