Kenya: Supreme Court orders election body to open its servers for audit


Kenya’s Supreme Court has once again ordered the country’s election body to comply with an audit of its computer servers.

The court issued fresh orders this week after the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission (IEBC) allegedly failed to comply with a previous ruling. Kenya’s main opposition party is seeking an audit into the electoral commission’s computer servers over claims this month’s presidential vote was rigged.


IEBC ordered to comply with audit

Chief Justice David Maraga told the IEBC’s lawyers that the commission must “comply within the time frame specified by the court,” following its failure to do so the first time around.

“Communicate with your clients to comply with the court order,” Maraga said. “Wherever they are, even if you have to wake them up, get the order complied with.”

Kenya’s main opposition party is demanding a probe into the electoral commission’s servers after it revealed there was an attempt to hack into them while the polls were open. It alleges that members of the ruling Jubilee Party hacked into the system in order to ensure incumbent President Kenyatta would win the election.


IEBC’s failure to comply

This is the second time the IEBC has received a court order demanding its cooperation in this case. However, opposition officials claim the commission has provided ” less than one percent” the access to its servers that Kenyan courts have called for.

The IEBC, whose servers are located in Europe, claims that server location has caused logistical issues preventing it from granting full access in the time frame set out.

The opposition Alliance party is attempting to overturn the result of this month’s election, on the grounds that vote counts were rigged. The Supreme Court will make a ruling by September 1 on the party’s petition to annul the result.

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.