Row over Sh2.5bn ballot paper tender rocks IEBC

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba. IEBC has awarded the contract to supply 130 million cards to Dubai-based Al Ghurair company but the decision has been challenged. FILE PHOTO | EVANS HABIL |

What you need to know:

  • On October 18, IEBC wrote to Al Ghurair printing firm, notifying it that its bid for the supply and delivery of 130 million ballot papers, election declaration forms and poll registers had been accepted.
  • The Dubai company is to supply and deliver the ballot papers within 21 days after the window for political parties to nominate their candidates for various elective positions closes on May 8, next year – three months to the August 8 General Election.
  • Al Ghurair printing firm must deliver the ballot papers by May 28, next year.
  • On Saturday, Mr Chiloba defended the commission’s decision to award the tender, saying it strictly followed provisions of the public procurement laws.
  • On Saturday, Siaya Senator James Orengo demanded that the commission halts all procurement matters until new commissioners are in office.

A fresh controversy has emerged at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) following the award of a Sh2.5 billion tender to print ballot papers for next year’s elections to a Dubai-based company.

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