Leaked IEBC document exposes secrets of servers used in August 8 election
What happened in IEBC servers
Akombe had prepared the report before resigning from the IEBC, just days before the October 26 repeat election. It was leaked over the weekend in the on-going crisis at the electoral body.
According to Akombe, the IEBC transmission system was very weak and was not understood by most of the commissioners.
She added that the IEBC did not have a back-up data centre and relied on old hardware at Anniversary Towers that was on the verge of collapsing.
“We took a decision to acquire new servers for the primary and secondary data centres but delays in procurement made it impossible for them to be fully functional for the General Election and even the repeat presidential election. In the end, the commission resorted to the use of the infamous cloud-based platform, which dominated the Supreme Court case of August 2017,” the former commissioner reported.
In what could be the greatest admission of manipulation during the August 8 election, the former commissioner stated that at around 8.30pm on election day, the display of results stopped for three hours – neither the IEBC staff or the suppliers of the transmission system Safran could explain what happened.
She adds that when the display resumed, the margin of difference between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA candidate Raila Odinga became a constant throughout the transmission process.
“It is such a situation that will forever leave questions in my mind of what actually happened on August 8,” Akombe concludes.
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