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Electoral Body Denies Access to Servers, Kenyan Opposition Allerges

Kenya’s main opposition party said the electoral authority failed to heed a court order allowing scrutiny of the body’s computer servers as it seeks to prove this month’s presidential election was rigged.

Members of the National Super Alliance waited at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s offices until at least 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to access the servers, coalition spokesman Dennis Onyango said by text message. The authority has provided “less than 1 percent” of what the court ordered the authority to allow the opposition to access, he said.

The alliance alleges that members of Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party hacked the IEBC’s system to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term in elections on Aug. 8. The coalition wants access to the IEBC’s servers to scrutinize whether ballot tallies issued by polling stations differ from results disseminated by the electoral authority.

The Supreme Court ordered on Monday that the alliance submit a report on its scrutiny of the servers by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. IEBC spokesman Andrew Limo didn’t answer his mobile phone when Bloomberg called him seeking comment.

Alliance leader Raila Odinga has failed on three previous attempts to win the presidency in Kenya, the world’s largest shipper of black tea and a regional hub for companies including Google Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. A dispute over the outcome of a 2007 election triggered two months of violence that left more than 1,100 people dead.

The court’s seven-judge panel will make a ruling by Sept. 1 on the opposition’s petition to annul the election result. Should Kenyatta’s victory be overturned, the East African nation would have to hold new elections within 60 days.

CREDIT: BLOOMBERG NEWS

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