Kenya's opposition coalition alleges French OT-Morpho tampered with election results; co. denies allegations

Kenya's opposition coalition has accused French firm OT-Morpho, which supplied election equipment to the electoral agency, of complicity in electoral fraud in Kenya. The coalition says it is working with civil society organisations in France to pursue the prosecution of the company's officials who participated in the alleged fraud. OT-Morpho has denied the allegations, stating that the system used was tamper-proof and has been successfully used in other countries.

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18 September 2017

OT-Morpho threatens to sue for "fake allegations" on interfering with election equipment

Author: OT -Morpho

"French firm responds to NASA hacking claims"

 OT Morpho refutes all claims of alleged hacking and manipulation of the electronic authentication and electoral results transmission systems during the August 8th presidential elections in Kenya...Since the Supreme Court ruling on September 1st, 2017 countless fake allegations have been made against OT-Morpho. An in-depth internal audit on the OT-Morpho RTS system used in Kenya had already been conducted before the presidential election. An additional internal audit was carried out after the Supreme Court ruling...

...OT-Morpho states categorically that no hacking has been found on its systems during Kenya's 2017 presidential election. Furthermore, no fraudulent connections to the systems have been identified. OT-Morpho also states that the company has transmitted all the logs for analysis to the Electoral Commission, as required by the Supreme Court, and has done so within the requested timeframes. OT Morpho has a strong IT system Security policy and governance practice...

Following the fake allegations, threats to the company and, in certain cases, to its employees, OT-Morpho is determined to defend itself and its employees and is taking all necessary measures, including libel suits, in order to do so. The law office of Ader Jolibois has been appointed for representing and assisting OT-Morpho and its employees and defend their interests, specifically against any violation of their reputation by any means including legal action.

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11 September 2017

Kenya's opposition coalition alleges French company OT-Morpho complicit in election fraud

Author: Peter Leftie, Daily Nation (Kenya)

"Nasa plans court battles against top IEBC officials"

The National Super Alliance (Nasa)...legal team is also working with civil society organisations in France to open charges against French firms Safran and Morpho, which supplied election equipment to the IEBC. Nasa accuses the French firms of conniving with top IEBC officials to bungle the election. “Our partners in the French civil society intend to go to court to seek the prosecution of top Safran and Morpho officials who participated in this election fraud,” said [the coalition’s legal team head,] Mr Mwangi.

In a September 7 letter, Nasa co-principal and head of Mr Odinga’s presidential campaign, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, wrote to the French government demanding action against Safran and Morpho. “We wish to bring to your attention that in providing the said ICT support services to the commission, the subject companies have been involved in unethical acts that may amount to criminal activities under the Elections Act and the Elections Offences Act of the Laws of Kenya,” he wrote. Mr Mudavadi said the purpose of the letter “is to urge the French government to initiate administrative and where possible criminal investigations against the said companies and their officials, specifically Mr Laurent Lambert, head of project Kenya and Mr Axel Gaucher, head of analytics.” 

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11 September 2017

OT-Morpho denies allegations of complicity in tampering with election results

Author: Benjamin D Katz, Bloomberg

"French Company Rejects Kenyan Opposition Claims on Vote System"

French digital-security company OT-Morpho denied its systems used in Kenya’s annulled elections last month were tampered with and said it’s handed over all data for analysis by the country’s Supreme Court. “The system deployed in the delivery of the results employs proven technologies that we’ve used in elections in other countries,” Olivier Charlanes, director for Africa and the Middle East at OT-Morpho, said in an emailed statement. “The system used in Kenya wasn’t pirated. It wasn’t an attempt to interfere, and we’ve passed on all the logs to be analyzed by experts commissioned by the Supreme Court.”...

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga’s five-party alliance has urged the French government to investigate Paris-based Safran SA and its relations with electoral officials who “may have acted in complicity and connived to undermine the will of the people of Kenya.” Safran sold its digital-security unit in May to Advent International, owner of Colombes, France-based Oberthur Technologies SA, and the renamed company is called OT-Morpho.

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