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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.