The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) admitted that its KIEMS kits had serial number errors while responding to allegations that Venezuelan national, Jose Camargo, manipulated Forms 34A.
Appearing before the Supreme Court on Friday, September 2, IEBC lawyer Mahat Somane stated that the errors originated from the exercise of serialisation of the technology gadgets.
Serialisation is the process of translating a data structure into a format that can be stored or transmitted and reconstructed later.
“We understood our role in this court is to provide all the information for it to make a decision. We admit that those KIEMS have the same serial number. It was an error that originated at the time of the serialisation.
“But the KIEMS kits have different identifiers, IP addresses, IMEI, polling station,” Somane stated.
An IP address is a unique address that identifies a device on the internet or a local network while an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15-17-digit code that is given to every mobile phone or tech gadget. It is used by service providers to uniquely identify valid devices.
His presentation came at the backdrop of a heated debate between Wafula Chebukati’s lead counsel Githu Muigai and Raila Odinga’s lawyer James Orengo.
Orengo’s team, in a presentation by lawyer Julie Soweto in the early morning hours of Friday, September 2, claimed that the Venezuelan national, Jose Camargo, accessed the IEBC system and manipulated Forms 34A.
Former Attorney General Githu Muigai then asked the court to allow IEBC and Chebukati to respond to the allegation claiming that Raila’s team was introducing new evidence in court.
Somane who is representing IEBC thus was accorded time to respond. The IEBC attorney, Somane, explained how Camargo’s name was captured in Forms 34A by explaining that the register of the QR code was printed by Smartmatic which supplied KIEMS kits, and was printed in the name of Jose Camargo.
Smartmatic supplied KIEMS kits but the ballots were printed by a Greek firm, Inform Hellas Lykos.
However, Orengo interrupted claiming that Somane was attempting to act as a witness in the case rather than a lawyer.
“A lot of what Mahat said was evidence. He should now be a witness to this petition and we will cross-examine him. This is very serious. We should confront the matter or anyone can just present any document to the court. He is telling us how the picture was taken,” Orengo cut Somane short.
Muigai, however, stood up and asked the court to disregard Orengo’s argument.