Six petitioners move to court to block single sourcing of KIEMS for elections

BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,19TH APRIL 2017-Six petitioners   have moved to court seeking an order suspending the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s decision to directly procure the Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (KIEMS) from Safran Identity & Security Company.

Wycliff Ken Lugwili and five others have argued that single sourcing the Sh3billion tender is unlawful and IEBC acted arbitrarily in procuring the system which does not have a biometric voter registration component.

They have accused IEBC of deliberately violating section 17 of the Amended Election Laws by removing the voter registration component from KIEMS.

They contend that IEBC’s decision to alter KIEMS by altering the integrated electronic electoral system that enables biometric voter registration, electronic voter identification and electronic transmission of results is in violation to the Constitution and the Elections Act.

They argue that though IEBC justifies the direct procurement on the basis of urgency and compatibility, direct sourcing is not convincing.

“There is no emergency justifying the rush to directly procure the KIEMS by single sourcing,” they state.

Two weeks ago IEBC informed the public that Safran Ltd had undertaken to deliver all the 45,000kits in time for testing and certification 60 days before the elections, being June 8, 2017.

The petitioners claim that the direct procurement is in violation of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015.

They have gone on to argue that the award of tender is fraudulent on the basis that Safran was selected owing to compatibility of the devices with the existing BVR system supplied.

IEBC had last week received the first batch of 4,000 kits and was expecting to receive 10,000 more this week.

The next consignment of 25,000 kits will arrive in the country by May 10 and the rest by June 2.

The Commission plans to acquire 45,000 gadgets by August.

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