, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 19 – Preparation for next year’s General Election has kicked off in earnest with the invitation of bidders to install an integrated elections management system.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which advertised the tender on Monday said the system which will be known as the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS) is open to international bidders.
The tender was advertised on Monday when KPMG was set to start auditing the voter register, after winning a separate tender on Friday, sparking controversy from the Opposition which has vowed to challenge it in court.
The successful bidder in the KIEMS tender will be responsible for the ‘supply, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning and support of elections management system.”
IEBC said the qualifying bidder for the KIEMS tender will be required to install what the commission describes as a “simple, transparent, secure, reliable and a verifiable system”.
In the tender that will be open up to January 9th 2017, IEBC wants a system that will be available during voter registration, candidates registration, voter verification and results transmission during next year’s General Election.
Interested eligible bidders have been invited to a pre-bid conference that will be held on Friday at 10.00 at the Safari Club Hotel along University Way in Nairobi.
Bidders will be required to provide a bid security of Sh30 million from a credible financial institution or insurance company.
With only eight months before the election and incognisance of the timelines stated in law that voter verification should be undertaken biometrically within set timelines, it was unclear if KIEMS as advertised on Monday will be ready by April 10 when the voter verification process for the 2017 General Election is supposed to commence due to the complexity of procurement, testing and deployment of the complex system.
With the uptight election schedule, it was unclear if IEBC would result to verifying the voters’ register using fingerprints to test the effectiveness of the system ahead of the polling day.