IEBC cancels crucial election management tender

IEBC cancels crucial election management tender
  • Electoral body nullifies tender after French firm quotes huge figure way above its budgetary provision
  • The commission says it has lost valuable time in tendering process as it prepares for August elections

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has dealt itself a huge blow in its preparedness for the August General Elections after it cancelled a tender for a system that seeks to avoid over-voting in polling stations.

The commission cancelled the Sh3 billion tender for the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) citing an insufficient budget to pull off the proposal and time constraints as stumbling blocks in the process.

READ ALSO: IEBC re-advertises tender for ballot papers

Communications Authority director General Francis Wangusi (right) with IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba (center) and National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chief Executive officer Hassan Mohamed during a breakfast meeting with media owners to discuss preparations for the coming general elections. ( Photo: GITOBU IKUNDA/X NEWS)

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba in a letter written yesterday to French firm Gemalto SA, the only one that had remained in the tender process, that its bid was significantly above the budgetary provision.

He also cited litigation as another reason for cancellation pointing out that the commission had lost valuable time in preparing for the polls.

This is the second time this year that the IEBC has cancelled the multi-billion shilling tender after it did so in February following the lodging of an appeal to the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) by a firm in the tender process.

READ ALSO: Matiang’i shocker on fake degrees now targeting politicians ahead of elections

Kenyans stand in long queues to cast their votes at the old primary school in Kibera, Kenya, 04 March 2013. (Photo:EPA)

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