Kenyan Opposition Alleges Technology Enabled Election Fraud


Kenya’s opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were “fatally flawed”, in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms.

The documents suggest the opposition will link alleged irregularities to the murder of Chris Msando, the election official overseeing information technology, days before the Aug. 8 election.

Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes, election authorities said. A parallel tally by independent monitors based on a sample of around 2,000 polling stations produced a similar result.

At least 28 people died in election-related violence after the vote, mainly in areas where Odinga has strong support, according to the Kenya Commission on Human Rights.

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