On Thursday, Mr Mudavadi said the alliance had “received further information from confidential IEBC sources furnishing us with the actual presidential election results contained in their database.”  

“Evidently, the accurate and lawful results in the presidential election is the transmission received from the polling stations and contained in the IEBC servers and not the unverified displays,” Mr Mudavadi pointedly stated.

IT experts agree that while Kenyans were being treated to the intense campaigns, the role of cyberspace cannot be underestimated.

If anything, Nation columnist Sam Wambugu opines that it could only intensify from now onwards, especially in the next poll in 2022.

“The heated debates, lies and propaganda in cyberspace only leaves majority of tech-illiterate Kenyans confused or relying on lies that often cloud the messages from politicians.

TECHNOLOGY

I have no doubt that the next election will by far be won on cyber platforms. Voter education need to go hand in hand with technology literacy,” said Mr Wambugu.
Mr Wambugu further says that technology, especially the one employed in this election, is very complex.

“To many, it’s a black hole. It’s very tech-heavy for the less tech-savvy population. To the common man, when you add politics into technology, it becomes anything but understandable. Because of the difficulty in understanding technology, many people believe what their leaders tell them. If they say the system was hacked, many could swallow that — and the opposite is also true,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr Wambugu notes that the accusations and counter-accusations regarding the alleged hacking of technology is coming hot on the heels of Russia’s tampering with America’s last elections through use of cyber tools.

INVESTIGATIONS

The alleged Russia tampering with the US 2016 elections has now thrust technology into the spotlight and is now a subject of ongoing investigations by various agencies, including a special counsel and two committees of the US Congress.

For Dr Shem Ochuodho, from a technological perspective, the results IEBC was relaying had “some gaps” that can only be solved through a bipartisan approach.

“It is hard to say whether the IEBC system was hacked... but the constant 11 per cent difference (between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga), from start to end, was unusual. It is not that it is impossible but it raises questions,” said Dr Ochuodho.

And so, even as the dust settles on the August 8 elections, with the IEBC yet to publish its report on the alleged hacking, the cyber fights that characterised these polls will likely become a major political talking point.

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