Kenya electoral staff sell voter data to politicians


In May 2018, a report form Strathmore University's Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT) found that some staff at Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission who were mandated to protect voter data made millions of Kenyan shillings by illegally selling private voter data to politicians during the 2017 general election. CIPIT collected campaign messages sent by candidates for MP, Member of County Assembly, the Senate, and representative of women. Any citizen can apply for a copy of the electoral register, but IEBC is required to redact personally identifiable information such as phone numbers, ID numbers, and polling stations.

Writer: Brian Wasuna
Publication: The Star

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