‘Sham polls’: IEBC ‘whistle-blower’ makes rigging revelations
In a shocking revelation, an alleged anonymous whistleblower from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has come forward with evidence of fraud and manipulation in the 2022 elections.
According to the whistleblower, the IEBC, under the direction of Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu, and CEO Marjan Hussein, provided fabricated information to the Kenyans.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition cited these documents provided by the whistleblower alleging that Raila Odinga garnered 8,170,353 votes representing 57.3 percent while William Ruto garnered 5,915,973 representing 41.66 percent.
When Ruto was declared President-elect, IEBC said he had garnered 50.49 percent of the vote against Odinga’s 48.5 percent.
While presenting the document at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation, Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni termed the new revelations as “sad and shocking”.
Kioni said, “We’ve seen that 59% of the constituencies cannot be verified with absolute certainty. What can be verified is, Raila Odinga won the elections with 8,170,355 votes representing 57.53% of the votes cast. Ruto got 5,915,973 votes, representing 41.66%.”
The whistleblower, who claims to be a current employee of the IEBC and has chosen to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, alleges that illegal entities were set up at the IEBC data transmission center’s “back office” to convert Form 34B from its original JPEG format to PDF, in violation of electoral procedures.
The whistleblower claims that unauthorised users were given remote access or full access so they could edit JPEG Forms 34B using Microsoft Word or other programs before converting them back to PNG or PDF and uploading them to the public portal.
Furthermore, the whistleblower alleges that forms 34A of Books 2 were primarily used whenever forms 34A of Book 1 were exhausted at the polls, and that the original forms were converted to PNG in order to change the background watermarks, in an effort to skew the results in one candidate’s favor over the other.
He also asserts that the back-office digital registry should record information about who granted unauthorized access to third parties, as well as who granted it and how many computers were in use.
The whistleblower further claims that the IEBC leadership was fully aware of the fraud and manipulation going on, but did nothing to stop it.
“There is evidence that more than 1,000 unregistered users (users whose ID cannot be confirmed) sent result forms from IP addresses outside the borders of Kenya,” the whistleblower wrote.
The IEBC has yet to make a statement or offer a comment in response to these allegations.
The whistleblower has urged Kenyans to exercise their right to demand a fair and transparent electoral process, in order to ensure that future generations do not have to experience the national shame and tragedy of stolen elections.