Safran picked to supply poll management system-IEBC

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,24TH MARCH 2017-The electoral commission has single-sourced an integrated election management system, a day after Cancellation  of  a Sh3.2 billion tender from a French  firm Gemalto.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chair Wafuala Chebukati says the commission  had single-sourced the Kenya Integrated Election Management System from French firm Safran.

Safran provided Biometric Voter Registration 9,700 kits that were used in the March 4, 2013 elections.

On Wednesday, IEBC cancelled the Sh3.2 billion, citing insufficient budget and time constraints.

“Your financial bid was significantly above the budgetary provision,” IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba writes in his letter to Gemalto, also a French company, which reached the valuation stage of the tendering.

The to be supplied by Safran system will integrate all the process of the poll, including biometric voter registration and identification, electronic results transmission and party/candidate registration systems.

The election tool, the commission said on Wednesday, was supposed to be in place four months to the August 8 General Election, which is by April 2017 and be tested at least 60 days before the polls.

But  addressing  the press  on Friday at the commission’s offices in Nairobi, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati allayed fears of lagging behind the deadlines for acquisition, installation and testing of the system, saying they were on schedule and would deliver a credible poll.

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