Election results data safe, says Safaricom

Safaricom Limited chairman Charles Ng'ang'a (left) and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore during the release of an unaudited half year financial results at the Safaricom House. The Safaricom executive has vouched for the integrity of the data that will be transmitted through its network by the electoral commission’s officials after voters cast their ballots. SALATON NJAU/NATION
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Posted  Sunday, February 24  2013 at  21:34

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  • The integrity of the system has always been unquestioned. No one has ever broken it,” Safaricom boss Bob Collymore
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Mobile phone service provider Safaricom has vouched for the integrity of the data that will be transmitted through its network by the electoral commission’s officials after voters cast their ballots.

The results will be sent from all the 33,000 polling stations directly to the server at the Bomas of Kenya, where all results from every part of the country will be tallied.

However, there will also be tallying at the constituency and county levels, where the data from the polling station will be reflected.

Referendum

Eighty per cent of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) polling stations will be relying on the Safaricom network to transmit the results.

The company’s chief executive Bob Collymore said they had set aside a dedicated network for exclusive use by IEBC.

He said they had worked on the system for “over a year” and were confident that it will ensure voters stay informed.

“The integrity of the Safaricom system has always been unquestioned. No one has ever broken into that system,” said Mr Collymore during an interview.

He said the firm had done the electronic data transmission during the August 2010 referendum and “it worked pretty well”.

“Inevitably, when you get the kind of traffic we are likely to get between Monday (March 4) and Wednesday, networks are susceptible to challenges, but when it does, we will discuss with the IEBC on the way forward,” added the chief executive.

He said the results that will be transmitted electronically are provisional and final ones will be on the forms filled by the respective returning officers.

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