November 16, 2018

IEBC issues announcement on ballot papers

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced that ballot papers for Governor, Woman Representative and Senate elections will arrive in the country from Dubai on Tuesday night.

“Ballot papers for Governor, Woman Rep & Senator land 7pm tonight #ReadyOrNot,” IEBC indicated in a tweet.

The fate of the presidential ballots awaits the Appeal Court’s ruling after Chebukati’s team challenged the High Court ruling that cancelled a tender awarded to the Dubai based Al Ghurair.

In its ruling, the High Court granted an application filed by the Opposition, after establishing that IEBC did not undertake adequate public participation while sourcing for a printer.

“This court issues an order of mandamus compelling IEBC to commence de novo the procurement process for the award of the tender for printing of election materials for the presidential election scheduled for 8 August 2017 in accordance with the constitution, provisions of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act and the relevant election laws so that to ensure free, fair and transparent polls are conducted on August 8,” Presiding Judge Ngugi ordered.

IEBC noted that it is racing against time adding that preparation for the Presidential election has already been thrown into total confusion following the High Court’s decision.

Representing IEBC, lawyer Paul Muite said that asking the agency to begin the process afresh means there will be no elections on August 8.

“We will not have presidential ballot papers if we do not start printing on Tuesday as it had been envisaged. It is impossible for IEBC to kick start the tender. It will require us almost 52 days.”

“We will require time to consult, to engage public participation, proofread. The firm to be contracted will need time to source for the materials,” Kamau Karori added.

A five- judge bench in the Court of Appeal is examining whether the High Court decision terminating the contract between IEBC and Al Ghurair will remain intact or will be set aside.

The ruling will be made on Thursday.

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