IEBC sacks procurement boss ‘over delayed ballot papers sourcing’

June 6, 2017 8:30 am
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A previous shipment of ballot papers/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has fired its Procurement Director Lawy Aura “over the delayed sourcing of ballot papers.”

The Commission stated on Twitter that it was addressing the matter and in a bid to fast-track the procurement of ballot papers.

“The Commission has relieved the Procurement Director Lawy Aura of his duties. We are addressing the delayed sourcing of ballot papers.”

The electoral body had been ordered by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board to re-advertise the printing and delivery of 130 million ballot papers.

This is after the board found that the Sh2.5 billion tender for supply and delivery of ballot papers for the August elections was incurably flawed.

The Board made the ruling after Rosecate Promotions & Supplies Limited challenged the tender process arguing that IEBC had breached the law by enjoining its accounting officer in the tender process.

The company stated that IEBC had given companies who wished to participate less than 30 days as allowed by law.

The Court of Appeal had on April 26 directed IEBC to start the tender process afresh.

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