The French digital security firm, OT-Morpho, whose electronic system was used by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) in the August 8 polls, has said that it does not have a contract with the commission for the repeat presidential election scheduled on October 17.
According to OT-Morpho Chief Operations officer Fredric Beylier, IEBC has not contacted the firm to discuss the scope of work or asked for a quote on the cost of running the upcoming poll.
“We do not have a contract with them for the next election yet,” Mr Beylier said in an interview with the BBC.
Beylier further says that even if they a contract with the IEBC by now, they would still need up to the end of October to reconfigure their systems for the repeat presidential election.
The firm also maintained that its systems were not hacked to manipulate results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta contrary to claims by the opposition to that effect.
“We have contacted two audits which both confirmed no piracy or intrusion into our systems during the august polls,” Mr Beylier said, adding that the audits did not identify any suspicious activity or hacking.
“OT -MORPHO 400 MILLION SCANDAL”
Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga had accused the firm of perpetrating electoral fraud in favour of Uhuru saying that the firm had also issued bribes amounting to 400 million to a top IEBC and government officials to secure the tender.
“We know how Safran OT-Morpho got this contract, we know the individuals, we know the negotiations and we know which advocate firm was involved and who the beneficiary was,” Odinga said during a press conference.
Odinga also refuted the firm’s audit said the firm should not be engaged in the repeat polls.
IEBC signed a contract with OT-Morpho in March 2017 for the supply of 45,000 biometric authentication kits for voters, the associated systems capable of electronically transmitting the electoral results as recorded by the polling stations and the associated services of training and support for the August 8 general elections.