An audit report by KPMG has poked holes in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) voter register.
The KPMG report that was released by IEBC on Wednesday after pressures from stakeholders to make it public mounted exposed major security concerns.
The concerns include weak system access credentials and ghost login details drawing attention to the possibility of unauthorised access and manipulation of the IEBC database.
These ghost-IEBC officials have the potential to delete details of voters from the register and bar them from exercising their democratic rights or transfer them to other polling stations.
“Despite updating of the register of voters being the role of returning officers (ROs), there were 14 non-RO users' accounts that had been granted the voter update privileges in IEBC’s Integrated Database Management System (IDMS),” states the report.
The KPMG report has also pointed out that the commission’s choice to change the provider of its system from IDEMIA to Smartmatic could cause the loss of important voter data because of the varying functionalities of the two systems.
This comes after the electoral commission assured Kenyans in its implementation matrix that its system is impregnable and will therefore provide credible elections.
However, the matter that is still raising eyebrows is the fact that IEBC only made public 47 pages of the KPMG report, yet the Table of Contents shows the document had 156 pages.
Furthermore, the delayed release of the audit report has impeded the stakeholders from scrutinising the measures the commission established to ensure the integrity of the imminent election.
The following is the full overview of the KPMG audit result"