NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s electoral commission on
Tuesday suspended three officers in the ICT department
over irregularities that marred the Aug. 8 presidential
elections which were overturned by the Supreme Court.
Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman
Wafula Chebukati said James Muhati, who is the director
of ICT, Paul Mugo, the ICT coordinator, and Boniface
Wamae, an ICT Officer, failed to deliver their mandate
in the bungled Aug. 8 polls.
suspension is necessary to not just restore the waning
public confidence in the commission’s ability to prepare
and deliver credible polls but also assert the integrity
and fidelity of the commission to the rule of law,”
Chebukati said in a leaked internal memo.
were in charge of IEBC’s secure file transfer protocol (SFTP)
platform during the August elections.
In his memo
to IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, Chebukati said the ICT
security framework and security measures deployed failed
to eliminate the risk of external interference with the
patently, the ICT Director and two members of staff
involved in managing SFTP platform appear to have fallen
short of assisting the Commission successfully discharge
this collegial and constitutionally enshrined mandate,”
demanded to know why the trio misused his credentials as
the National Returning Officer to delete forms submitted
from the constituencies on account they were unclear or
corrupt, without his knowledge or authorization.
said the move is to aid full and proper investigations
to be conducted and restore public confidence in the
commission’s ability to carry out the presidential
move is the second time Muhati has been suspended from
the election commission after being put on a compulsory
leave for a month in May following accusations that he
refused to cooperate in the auditing of ICT systems.
accused of sabotage and of refusing to cooperate in an
ongoing audit of ICT systems. Muhati was later
suspension also comes amid pressure from opposition
leader Raila Odinga who has maintained his National
Super Alliance (NASA) coalition would not participate in
the re-run of a presidential election proposed for Oct.
17 unless it is given “legal and constitutional”
demanding staff changes including the removal of Muhati,
who the opposition has accused of playing a key role in
the bungling of the Aug. 8 elections and audit of
technology in full compliance with the law, noting that
the electoral body should establish a transparent and
accountable framework for integration of technology.
technology integration must be done transparently and
must be amenable to a full audit by the commission and
stakeholders. “You cannot do a mistake twice and expect
to get different results,” Odinga said.