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IEBC defies tribunal, cancels polls management tender

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The polls agency has defied the procurement court and cancelled for the second time the tender for the purchase a digital platform for voter listing, identification, and relay of results.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said a tight election timetable, a lack of cash and changes in technology had prompted it to shelve the tender.

The Public Procurement Administrative Review Board on March 9 asked the IEBC to proceed with the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) tender a after one of the bidders Gemalto opposed its cancellation.

The IEBC on February 28 cancelled the tender after another bidder, US firm Avante, challenged the procurement.

The legal spat has clouded preparations for the August 8 polls given the law requires KIEMS to be in place four months before elections or April 8 and tested at least 60 days to the poll date.

“Given the remaining legal steps to conclude the tender, it will be almost impossible for the commission to execute its mandate within the statutory timelines,” said Ezra Chiloba,, the IEBC chief executive.

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