Safaricom Denies Role in Kenyan Election Results Delay
Published on: 7th Mar 2013
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Kenya's Safaricom has denied that its systems were the cause of delays to the General Election results being transmitted from rural voting stations to the capital city.
Safaricom has come under public criticism following the delays which resulted in the Electoral Commission stopping the release of voting data as it was compiled.
The mobile network said that its role was limited to providing connectivity between the mobile devices used by the Electoral Commission and the national tallying centre.
"Our role was to provide the virtual private network (VPN) for the conveyance of the results from polling stations across the country previously identified as having sufficient mobile coverage to the IEBC's constituency, county and national tallying centre infrastructure," the company said in a statement.
"The second was to deliver 17,900 original manufacturer warranted handsets to the IEBC for use by polling staff for purposes of transmitting electronic results," it added.
During the election, the mobile network said that data traffic never exceeded 3.5Mbps, which was well within its capabilities and represented about 1% of their normal network traffic.
Quite what caused the polling delays is still being investigated though.