CAK defends mobile telephony operators accused of poll manipulation

By / September 27, 2017 : 20:14 / BUSINESS, Corporate News / No Comments
CAK defends mobile telephony operators accused of poll manipulation

The Communications Authority of Kenya has defended local mobile telephony providers accused by the NASA coalition of manipulating the August 8th 2017 polls.

‘The attention of the Authority has been drawn to claims attributed to the National Super Alliance (NASA) leadership that the local mobile telecommunications operators were involved in the manipulation of the August 8th general elections results in favour of Jubilee Party,’

began a statement issued by CAK Director General Francis Wangusi.

The Authority noted that IEBC contracted three mobile operators to provide a medium of the end-to-end transmission of election results in line with the Elections (Technology) Regulations, 2017 and that upon its advice, the country was divided into three zones and each of the three mobile operators was assigned one region to support the transmission systems of the IEBC.  In each of the three zones, an additional mobile operator was assigned the responsibility of providing back up services in case of technology failure.

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‘In line with our oversight responsibility as the ICT sector regulator, the Authority directed the mobile operators to report any cases of transmission failure to us.  No cases of transmission failure were reported to us,’

added the Director General.

CAK Director General Francis Wangusi

The Authority, further urged Kenyans not to lose faith and confidence in technology as ICTs have been successfully deployed and embraced in all facets of life in the country, including banking, business, education, health, agriculture and government services.

Mr. Wangusi reiterated that it is the responsibility of all well-meaning Kenyans to support investors in the sector and to underline public confidence in ICTs.

‘In this regard, we urge political actors to canvass their agenda in a responsible manner in order to avoid putting into jeopardy the impressive investment and other gains that Kenya has made in the local ICT sector. In the same vein, we implore politicians to report any alleged election malpractices on the part of industry players to the relevant law enforcement agencies instead of engaging in blanket ‘lynching’ of investors in this strategic sector,’

he concluded.


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