Kenya’s Electoral Body Seeking Safaricom Help In A By-election


IEBC-Registration-exercise-with-the-CJKenya’s  electoral commission body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants Safaricom, Kenya’s top telco to reconsider transmitting the Makueni by-election results.

The firm transmitted the country’s March 4 General Election results which were disputed.

Safariocm announced July 4 that it had withdrawn services to the IEBC due to the commission’s level of preparedness for the by-election.

IEBC however is still asking the telco do to the job.

IEBC CEO, James Oswago told the media that the commission was  ready.

Osawgo said: “We designed the system ourselves and it was not bound to fail. The system is working and we expect the technical team set up to work with Safaricom will ensure the company comes on board.”

The Makueni by-election will be held on Saturday July 27 and IEBC is confident the equipment will not fail. The March 4 General Elections Kenyans were disappointed when the electronic system the commission was using crashed before final tally, with many citing inside tampering with the systems to favour one of the presidential contestants.

Safaricom, the firm that was transmitting the live results was blamed by Kenyans for being part fo the ploy but the firm reemphasized its stand on integrity saying the it did not run the IEBC voter system.