Kenyan Election May Be Delayed Over Results System, Nation Says

Kenyans vote at a polling station at a school in Kibera on Aug. 8.

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Kenya may have to delay a rerun of its presidential election scheduled for next month if the Supreme Court requires the country to host the results-transmission system, the Daily Nation reported.

OT-Morpho, a Paris-based company that provided systems used in last month’s annulled presidential vote, told the Kenya Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission in a letter that moving the system to Kenya from France by Oct. 31 would be technically impossible, the Nairobi-based newspaper said. Penina Nyawira, a Kenya-based spokeswoman for OT-Morpho, said she’s awaiting comment from the company after media inquiries about the letter.

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Sept. 1 annulled last month’s vote after finding the commission failed to conduct the ballot in accordance with the constitution and ordered a rerun within 60 days. The court has until Sept. 21 to issue its written judgment that is expected to contain detailed reasons for its decision and possible remedies.

The country’s main opposition alliance urged the French government to investigate Paris-based Safran SA and its relations with electoral officials who it alleged 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.

OT-Morpho on Sept. 15 rejected the allegations and said an internal audit of its equipment after the court ruling found no foul play. IEBC spokesman Andrew Limo didn’t answer his mobile phone when Bloomberg sought comment.

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