On Friday August 2022, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission expressly reaffirmed to Kenyans that they cannot be hacked by malicious individuals. This comes after news in social media spread that the IEBC could potentially get hacked. The board moved to allay fears that its systems can be compromised. This was done in a bid to combat misinformation that was spreading like wildfire in the country.
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All Systems Are Secure!
CEO Marjan Hussein on that Friday evening said, “There is disinformation spreading that the results portal has been compromised. We would like to assure the country that nothing like that has happened. We anticipated that people will try to hack our systems and put in place measures to secure it on all levels.”
In his speech, he pointed out that there were individuals who were working tirelessly to take down the IEBC systems but their efforts have so far proven futile, as the systems are up and running. He reaffirmed that the systems are foolproof, adding that system security has always been monitored on every level possible, including network, application, database and operating system so that black hat hackers are barred from accessing the IEBC servers.
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IEBC Clears Floor at Bomas
Following Security complaints and clashes at the Bomas of Kenya between Azimio and Kenya Kwanza agents, the IEBC boss ensured that the floor at Bomas was ‘Cleaned Up’, and all agents were warned against carrying bags and gadgets that would otherwise be used in malicious operations.
In addition to this, an announcement was made stating that no one was allowed in the auditorium and that those entering Bomas of Kenya will only be allowed to seat at marked areas.
A few hours before this, the IEBC chairman had threatened to kick out agents from the national tallying center in Bomas for slowing down their verification process.