The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) awarded the voter identification and transmission of results to French company, Safran Identity Limited.
Safran was given the Sh3 Billion tender two days after the electoral body cancelled that of South Africa’s, Gemalto.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, indicated that the commission selected Safran in the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System tender to ensure value for the 3.8 billion shillings the commission remains with.
The only technically evaluated bidder quoted a price of Ksh 5.2 billion against the available budget of Ksh 3.8 billion,” Mr Chebukati noted on Friday (24/03/17).
He added that the decision was also reached considering remaining procurement processes, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning would have meant IEBC would not meet all its timelines.
“The Commission has very limited time left to comply with the legal timelines in relation to deployment of ICTs in elections. Safran has undertaken to deliver the technology within the statutory timelines,” Chebukati stated.
The election boss pointed out that the commission had very little time left to comply with the legal timelines in relation to deployment of ICTs in elections.
“In addition, adequate time is required for purposes of configuration, testing, training and deployment for purposes of the voter verification exercise required by May 10,” he indicated.
Chebukati noted that more than 19 million voters had been registered using a stand-alone system provided by Safran.
“The commission has a maintenance contract for the BVR system with Safran for the next three years.
“During the register’s preparation, Safran will support us to ensure we have a credible and reliable biometric voters register for the election,” explained Chebukati.
He added that with Safran, there were guarantees of compatibility, timely delivery and accountability in the deployment of the new system
Chebukati reiterated that serious complications arose from the 2013 general election as the systems used were provided by different vendors.