Chiloba put to task over inconsistencies in August polls


Nairobi,KENYA: IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba has been put to task to explain on several inconsistencies experienced in the August 8 polls.

This is according to a memo purporting to be from the IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati, that adds a new twist to the alleged row between the IEBC chair and the CEO.

KIEMS failure
The memo states that the KIEMs system had its geographical location features switched off just 3 days before the polls.

“Respond and explain why KIEMS GPRS and Geo fencing features were switched off on the 5th of August 2015.” Reads part of the memo.

The memo also requires Chiloba to explain why satellite phones that were to be used in transmission of the results in each constituency failed to work.

The memo also states that in almost a quarter of the total number of polling stations in the country with more than 4 million voters, the KIEMS result transmission failed and the polling stations sent their results without accompanying the forms 34A.

The letter also alleges that there was a failure to Map and look for alternative networks for the KIEMS system which was operating under the Orange and Airtel networks which did not have coverage in some areas.

Increased Vulnerability
The memo states that the commission exposed the IEBC server to a security risk by using a porous system to transmit the forms 34b instead of creating a secure IP address.

“Further respond to and explain to why the commission used the subject server for day to day operations prior to elections and also why the staff in the ICT department directorate used passwords different from the IEBC passwords.” The memo reads.

Chiloba’s contradicts IEBC’s position on ruling
Chiloba has also been accused of contradicting a press statement given by the chairperson on 1st September 2017 in regards to the IEBC statement on the supreme court ruling through a memo issued on the same day.

On 1st September the IEBC chair issued a statement saying it would investigate all its officers involved in electoral malpractice and have legal action taken against them.

The memo leak comes a few day after the CEO was sidelined in the list of those appointed to oversee the October 17th polls.