NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – The Chief Executive of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Ezra Chiloba has sought to assure that Kenyans are getting value for money in the printing of ballot papers.
Chiloba told Capital FM News in an interview that the high number of candidates contesting in this year’s election and the security features the paper will possess means Kenya will pay more for it.
“If you look at the type of ballot papers that we have, it’s closer almost to our currency. Also, the price being determined by the size; the size being determined by the number of candidates. So the prices will vary. You cannot just say that we are paying much more than other countries. Kenya is not Tanzania. Kenya is not Uganda.”
A story published in Tuesday’s Standard newspaper states that Kenya is paying double what its neighbours Tanzania and Uganda paid for their elections.
Chiloba is however adamant that Kenya has been charged a fair price for the quality it has required.
The choice of Dubai firm Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC by IEBC for the printing of the ballot papers to be used in the August General Election has been challenged by the National Super Alliance Opposition outfit.
IEBC has however defended its decision on the grounds that Al Ghurair has the “capacity” to deliver in a timely fashion, on the papers needed for the Election.
Chiloba has cited the by-elections held since 2014 as proof of its competence with Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati adding to that other considerations such as accessibility.