Political analyst and commentator Prof Mutahi Ngunyi on Saturday released a 12-minute documentary titled “Damaging Ignorance” on Smartmatic, the online election company contracted to run Kenya’s 9 August poll.
Prof. Ngunyi gives a blow-by-blow account of the ineptitude of Smartmatic in handling, at least two national assembly elections in the Philippines and Venezuela.
In the Venezuelan elections, Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica admitted to system tampering and was arraigned in court.
On 2 August 2017 Reuters carried a lead story on the manipulation of the election results by Smartmatic.
“Venezuela’s president has accused the company that provides the technological platform for the country’s voting system of bowing to US pressure after it said the official turnout figure in Sunday’s vote had been manipulated by at least a million votes.
Nicolás Maduro stood by the official count of more than 8m votes and said an additional 2 million people would have voted if they had not been blocked by opposition protesters. “That stupid guy, the president of Smartmatic, pressured to the neck by the gringos and the Brits, said there were 7.5 million [voters],” Maduro said in televised remarks. “I think there were 10 million Venezuelans who went out.”‘
In other sections of the commentary, an interview with two IEBC officials Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Commissioner Boya Molu reveals that an IEBC pre-contract audit did not show up details of the Venezuelan election before awarding of the tender.
Strange as that may be, in the last few days social media has been replete with speculations on whether Chebukati and two other Commissioners did not purposely pick out Smartmatic to favor a particular presidential candidate.