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11 Sep 2017

Peter Leftie, Daily Nation (Kenya)

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

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"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.”