Raila accused of setting up vote tallying centre in Dar

08May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Raila accused of setting up vote tallying centre in Dar

KENYAN National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has accused the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA)-

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Of planning to rig the August 8 General Election in a neighbouring country by allegedly setting up a system in Tanzania for vote tallying and hacking into Kenya electoral body's computers to illegally influence the outcome of the polls.

The accusations by Duale, a key member of President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee ruling coalition, is seen as an attempt to drag Tanzania into Kenya's usually hotly-contested and violence-prone elections.

The NASA presidential candidate, former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was spotted in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Raila is well known to enjoy a close personal friendship with President John Magufuli, a bond they forged several years ago when they both worked as ministers for works in their respective countries.

Duale claimed on Saturday that the opposition coalition was planning to hack the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) system through a secret IT centre in Tanzania to rig the polls in favour of its flag bearer, Odinga.

He made the claims while addressing a Jubilee delegates’ convention at the Bomas of Kenya. The delegates had met to endorse President Kenyatta’s re-election bid, according to a report by Kenya's privately-owned Citizen TV.

The Garissa Township Legislator said that NASA did not have enough votes to outdo the Kenyatta and William Ruto partnership (Uhuruto) on polling day.

He denounced Odinga’s claims that the outfit, NASA, enjoyed huge popularity compared to Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party.

Odinga had on Thursday, last week, claimed during a television interview that NASA would amass nearly 10 million votes in the upcoming elections.

Duale claimed that NASA did not have the 10 million votes Odinga was projecting. He, instead, said that Odinga and his colleagues could only get 10 million votes by hacking into the IEBC system after votes were cast.

Duale said the Kenyan opposition “is setting up a tallying centre in Tanzania – and once they set up the centre, they plan to hack the IEBC system.”

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