Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have finally released the evidence they have gathered about three Venezuelan nationals accused of tampering with TSTIME Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) systems.
DCI presented its response to Raila Odinga and Martha Karua’s petition filed with the Supreme Court of Kenya on Friday, August 26.
Evidence gathered from the trio claimed they had access to key election materials such as the KIEMS kit, election technology deployment data, and IEBC personnel passwords.
The report was made public for the first time since the arrest of the three foreigners, Salvador Javier Suarez, Jose Castellano and Joel Garcia, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on July 21, 2022.
The entrance to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in August 2019.
Castellano, DCI said in its affidavit, could access the system and manipulate data if he wanted to.
“It was determined that the seized exhibits contain substantial information in the IEBC systems that have full control over foreign employees of M/S Smartmatic International Holdings BV and Seamless Limited who are contracted by IEBC.
“Castellano was able to remotely access the entire IEBC data and has the capacity to add, delete, edit or manipulate the entire IEBC system in any way,” the report reads in part.
From their analysis, DCI also stated that 21 individuals had access to the system, only two of which were TSTIME who worked at the electoral body.
Therefore, DCI recommended auditing the IEBC system to unravel any infiltration of any kind.
Prior to the polls, there was a stalemate between DCI boss George Kinoti and the Commission led by its chairman Wafula Chebukati – who said the detainees were attempts to intimidate the polling agency and influence the election results.
In a press conference on July 28, both sides revealed that they had resolved their issues, but declined to answer questions from the media.
The police report came in the wake of Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua’s petition against President-elect William Ruto’s victory.
In their petition, the duo have asked the Supreme Court to overturn William Ruto’s victory, alleging Form 34As uploaded to the IEBC portal were manipulated by their opponents in cohort with foreigners.
This was also supported by an affidavit filed by Commissioner Justus Nyang’aya, who stated that Forms 34A sent to IEBC servers were intercepted and manipulated by foreigners.
From the left; Prof. dr. Makau Mutua and Azimio vice presidential candidate Martha Karua and Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga, filing their petition to the Supreme Court on August 22, 2022