IEBC, Kenya’s electoral body, in a statement has denied hiring Korean hackers to programme BVR kits to help manipulate results of the forthcoming 2017 General Elections.
According to the Commission, the earlier report by the Standard quoting allegations by Kalonzo Musyoka that IEBC has hired Koreans to rig the 2017 General Elections are not true and unfounded.
“This is part of CORD’s systematic but unfounded misinformation and propaganda to discredit the Commission and preparations for the next General Elections,” said the statement. “It is also simply irresponsible and carefree journalism by The Standard newspaper that headlined the allegation. The Commission’s response to the story was not sought.”
Commissioner Thomas Letangule, who denies to have taken the BVR kits to Korea for “tampering in readiness for elections,” claims he traveled to Seoul to observe Korean parliamentary elections under the auspices of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) of which IEBC is a member and has signed a memorandum of understanding on training and capacity building in election management.
Letangule further said that IEBC staff have benefited from training and collaboration with 160 other electoral management bodies worldwide that A-WEB brings together.
“Mr. Musyoka’s remarks not only hurt the relationship we have nurtured with A-WEB for over two years, but also runs against the CORD Coalitions’ own calls for improvement of the IEBC capacity to manage elections,” he added.
Though the allegations might be false, a cross-section of Kenyans will easily believe that a Korean machinery have been hired as the it was the opposition that made the matter public. This might also help warn Kenyans not to take the opposition leaders by their words on such matters in future.
“We urge the media to exercise restraint and uphold ethics in reporting on outlandish and alarmist claims that could jeopardize cohesion and the national interest. The commission is open to answer all inquires and clarify matters relating to its activities especially with regards to preparations for the next General Elections,” the statement concluded.