Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has said that the electoral commission’s servers have been hacked to award the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, a significant lead in the country’s elections held yesterday.
The leader of Kenya’s opposition has claimed he was cheated of victory by an overnight hacking attack that he said manipulated the results in the country’s presidential election.
“You can only cheat the people for so long,” Raila Odinga said. “The 2017 general election was a fraud.”
With ballots from 96% of polling stations counted, results released by Kenya’s electoral commission showed the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, leading with 54.3% of the vote, against Odinga’s 44.8%, a difference of about 1.3 million votes.
Speaking at a news conference in Nairobi, Odinga claimed hackers had broken into election commission computer systems and databases overnight to “create errors”. He urged his supporters to remain calm, but added: “I don’t control the people.”
Mr. Odinga said hacking had taken place between 12:37 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the election. The hackers, he said, had used the credentials of Mr. Msando to instruct the servers of the electoral commission to doctor results from polling stations.
“They loaded an algorithm which is a formula to create a percentage gap of 11 percent between our numbers,” he said, adding that the figure was “a function of a formula.”
And Mr Odinga, said on Tuesday night that the early results were “fictitious” and “fake”, telling a late-night news conference that his party’s own tally put him ahead.
“We have our projections from our agents which show we are ahead by far,” Odinga said.