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IEBC refuses to grant Raila Odinga access to servers despite Supreme Court order

IEBC refuses to grant Raila Odinga access to servers used to transmit election results despite the Supreme Court order.

In defiance of a Supreme Court order, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) refused to grant access to its servers.

The Supreme Court ordered IEBC to grant Raila Odinga access to the technology used in transmitting results at the IEBC National Tallying Centre at Bomas of Kenya.

However, only one of the commission’s eight servers received restricted access, according to Senior Counsel James Orengo.

“We have been given restricted access only to the result transmission system, and it has not been granted yet, to only one server. It is established that the IEBC has eight servers,” Orengo told the court in his submission shortly after the hearing resumed at 2 pm.

Senior Counsel James Orengo appearing for the Raila Odinga case informed the court that IEBC refused to grant access to Raila Odinga as ordered by the court.

He said they had written to the Judiciary registrar Anne Amadi over the issue and prayed that the court intervene.

“We have written to the registration so that the court can resolve this,” he said.

In response, Supreme Court judge Isaac Lenaola noted that the court was aware of the issue and was following up.

“We are aware and we are following it up. As far as we know when we got out of here, the exercise had commenced, there was an agreement on how to access the server that had been given,” said Justice Lenaola.

“The issue of cloning is being addressed and we will report on the issue again tomorrow morning.”

IEBC was on Tuesday ordered to provide supervised access to any server used to capture images of Forms 34C at the commission’s nerve centre during a Pre-Trial conference on the presidential election petition.

The court also ordered IEBC to provide copies of its technology system security policy, which included its password policy, password matrix, and system administration password owners.

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