IEBC to Produce password policy and 6 other items


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been ordered to produce a password policy in a new ruling by the Supreme Court.

IEBC has only 48 hours to be in alignment with all directives, while every applicant in the presidential petition is expected to present two individuals to take part in the exercise which will start from 2 pm on Tuesday, August 30 to 2 pm Thursday, September 1, 2022.

In the ruling, IEBC was directed to provide the applicants with copies of its technology system security policy comprising but not limited to password policy, password matrix, owners of system administration password(s), system users and levels of access, and workflow chats for identification and tallying among others.

The directive was however given on the condition that it is subject to any security-related issues thereof.

IEBC was also ordered to give the applicants supervised access to any server(s) at the National Tallying Centre for storing and transmitting voting information and which are forensically imaged to capture a copy of Form 34C which is the total votes cast.

The commission is also expected to provide them with certified copies of penetration tests conducted on the IEBC election technology system before and during the 2022 General Election.

IEBC chairperson was also compelled to provide error forms he signed during the tally and verification exercise at the National Tallying Centre between August 10 and August 15, 2022.

In the ruling, IEBC’s partnership agreements with its technical partners, list of users, trail, and admin access will also be disclosed to provide clarity on the IEBC systems and their usage for review and verification.

Ballot boxes in 15 polling stations will also be inspected and scrutinized and the ballots recounted. Among these polling stations are Nandi Hills and Sinendeti Primary School in Nandi, Mvita, Majengo, and Mvita Primary Schools in Mombasa County and Kihei Primary School Polling in Nyandarua County among others.

IEBC is also expected to provide certified copies of Forms 32A and 34C Book 2 used in the election as long as applicants provide to the Commission specific contested polling stations for compliance.

The ruling was in response to a Notice of Motion by Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua, which seeks to nullify the declaration of William Ruto as president-elect.

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In the new directive, all parties were allowed to be represented by two agents during the recounting of the ballot exercise as well as the verification of Forms 32A and 34C Book 2.

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