ODM against Sh2.5bn ten­der to Dubai firm

The Orange party calls for tran­spar­ent, fool­proof and prop­erly se­cured ten­der­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

ODM has de­manded the elec­toral agency halts the Sh2.5 bil­lion ten­der award for print­ing of bal­lot pa­pers to a Dubai-based com­pany.

It wants the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion to ini­ti­ate tran­spar­ent, fool­proof and prop­erly se­cured ten­der­ing. The ten­der was awarded to Al Ghu­rair print­ing firm.

The Orange party al­leged that state-spon­sored mer­ce­nar­ies are be­ing re­cruited to join the ICT depart­ment at the IEBC sec­re­tar­iat to ma­nip­u­late elec­tion re­sults in next year’s polls.

In a state­ment signed by di­rec­tor of elec­tions Junet Mo­hamed, ODM ques­tioned why the IEBC is in a hurry to pro­cure 130 mil­lion bal­lot pa­pers, elec­tion dec­la­ra­tion forms and poll reg­is­ters, “for an elec­tion only ex­pected a year later”.

The party said it is sur­prised that the IEBC has al­ready started procur­ing bal­lot pa­pers be­fore voter reg­is­tra­tion is com­pleted and the ac­tual num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers pub­lished.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract terms, Al Ghu­rair is to sup­ply the bal­lot pa­pers within 21 days af­ter the win­dow for po­lit­i­cal par­ties to nom­i­nate their can­di­dates closes on May 8, three months to the Au­gust 8 elec­tions.

The Dubai printer was the only one out of nine bid­ders that went past the tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion stage and was thus picked au­to­mat­i­cally. The party de­manded full dis­clo­sure of the di­rec­tors of the com­pany, in­clud­ing names of the lo­cal agents.

/MONICAH MWANGI

Out­go­ing IEBC chair­man Is­sack Has­san and CEO Ezra Chiloba when the com­mis­sion­ers ap­peared be­fore the Select Com­mit­tee on the IEBC on Au­gust 1

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