NAIROBI, Kenya, September 2 – Lawyers representing Raila Odinga in the presidential petition to the Supreme Court have protested the alleged failure of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to provide access to servers that were critical in the election General of August 9.
While commenting on the review order given by the bench of seven judges led by Martha Koome, lead counsel Philip Murgor said what they had access to was not the same as what had been used to organize polls.
“Instead, the server administrator projected the V-sphere which is the virtual server’s application management system onto the whiteboard to demonstrate server access. The V-sphere indicates that the RTS virtual server has been created and modified on August 31, 2022,” he said.
“Indeed, no information from a server has been provided to show what happened in the August 2022 general election.”
He further indicated that four foreigners were able to access the IEBC servers, including Jose Camargo, who was controversially mentioned several times by the petitioners.
“The aliens have accessed these servers about 180 times, what a waste. I ask this court to take notice of everything we provided to the extent that the DCI provided it to us. Our election was in Venezuela and the Venezuelans decided that the winner of Mr. Chebukati was just a mouthpiece,” he said.
However, the report of the Clerk of the Supreme Court who presided over the monitoring exercise, indicated that of the eight IEBC servers, the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ agents had access to 7.
IEBC cited security concerns for not providing access to the 8e server hosting the forensically captured image of the server holding the Form 34C.
“Instead of giving away a forensic copy of the server, IEBC allowed supervised access to its live server. The agents addressed all their queries asking for details from the server. IEBC has agreed to provide a forensic image of the Form 34C to the court for the parties to request access. On September 1, 2022, the forensic image was presented to the court,” reads part of the report.
In the consolidated petition to the Supreme Court led by that of Raila Odinga, the petitioners seek to reverse the victory of President-elect William Ruto.
In his prayers, Odinga asked the court to overturn the August 9 presidential election results, accusing the Commission of rigging it in favor of Ruto.
Odinga further argued that Ruto failed to secure the 50% plus one vote required by law, allegations which the commission dismissed.
IEBC President Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022 declared Ruto president-elect after raising 7,176,141 (50.49%) votes against Odinga, who obtained 6,942,930 votes (48.85%).
The court will deliver its verdict on Monday.