Nairobi, Kenya, September 2 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has maintained that it has complied with Supreme Court orders allowing petitioners to examine the server and ballot boxes.
Lawyer Dennis Nkarichia said contrary to the claims of the lawyer for Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga, Philip Murgor, the commission complied, except where the service provider, Smartmatic International, cited security and rights issues .
“The order issued by the court had a security exception, that if it was determined that it was too risky to provide something that we had to screen and provide an explanation. We objected because these people once identified, their personal safety could in no way be guaranteed,” he said on the final day of the hearings on Friday.
The court is expected to deliver its verdict on Monday.
He added that Odinga’s statement that they were denied access was “factually inconsistent with the Registrar’s remarks” that the order was followed.
While commenting on server access, Nkarichia said there was only one server, contrary to Murgor’s remarks about there being eight servers.
He added that IEBC has made every effort to provide a demonstration of its election infrastructure for all officers to understand the process.
“We weren’t doing it in a vacuum,” he said, noting that the Registrar’s report proves the same.
Nkarichia added that the electoral agency also provided its vulnerability reports and assessment of the internal network and infrastructure and the certificate of the penetration tests to the candidates.
“Contrary to the assertion provided in public by the attorney, we have fully complied. The only issue we never complied with was the partnership agreement, provided to the court under seal,” he added .
Emmanuel Wetangula, for his part, said that the results in the recounted ballot boxes corresponded to the results announced by the IEBC.
“There were slight mistakes that always happen in every election,”
Wetangula said if there was a discrepancy in the election results, the petitioners would have already challenged that.