Communications Authority issues statement on alleged election hacking by telcos

Communications Authority issues statement on alleged election hacking by telcos

The Communications Authority (CA) has responded to claims from the National Super Alliance (NASA) leadership that local mobile telecommunications operators were involved in the manipulation of the August 8 general elections.

“The Authority is aware that IEBC contracted the three mobile operators to provide a medium of the end-to-end transmission of election results in line with the Elections (Technology) Regulations, 2017,” CA Director General, Francis Wangusi,  said in a statement issued earlier today.

“Upon our advice, the country was divided into three zones and each of the three mobile operators was assigned one region to support the transmission systems of the IEBC.  In each of the three zones, an additional mobile operator was assigned the responsibility of providing back up services in case of technology failure,” he continued.

Wangusi explained that the Authority directed the mobile operators to report any cases of transmission failure.  He stated that no cases of transmission failure were reported.

As the country prepares for the repeat presidential poll, the CA has implored Kenyans not to lose faith and confidence in technology. The Authority says ICTs have been successfully deployed and embraced in all facets of life in the country, including banking, business, education, health, agriculture and government services.  Elections are no exception and the Authority is confident that ICTs can be deployed successfully to support this important national activity.

“We urge political actors to canvass their agenda in a responsible manner in order to avoid putting into jeopardy the impressive investment and other gains that Kenya has made in the local ICT sector. In the same vein, we implore politicians to report any alleged election malpractices on the part of industry players to the relevant law enforcement agencies instead of engaging in blanket ‘lynching’ of investors in this strategic sector,” said Wangusi.

 

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