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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,22ND JUNE,2017- The road to August 8 elections continue to be bumpy after the National Super Alliance (NASA) filed an application On Thursday 22nd June ,seeking to quash the Sh2.5 billion ballots paper printing tender awarded to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing company.
The Opposition says that the decision to award the tender to the Dubai-based firm was based on ulterior motives by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
“It (decision) was made in total disregard of pertinent facts that were available to the commission,” the applicant claims.
In the application filed Thursday afternoon, the Opposition claims that the respondents misinterpreted the law thereby making a wrong decision that may prejudice the legitimate expectation of millions of Kenya’s on a free, fair and democratic election.
NASA says that unless the orders sought to quash the award are granted, “the rights of millions of Kenyan to a free and fair electoral process shall be irreparably prejudiced.”
Owing to available information concerning association of the printing firm’s directors and shareholders with President Uhuru Kenyatta, NASA holds that” the same (Al Ghurair) is not fit to be qualified with the task of printing ballot papers to be used for the upcoming elections.”
By awarding the tender for printing of election materials to Al-Ghurair knowing the fears and suspicions the members of public have against the foreign firm, the Opposition says IEBC acted unlawfully and unfairly.
It seeks further orders to compel IEBC to reconsider the tender issued to the said company and take into account the views of the relevant stakeholders in regard to the tender.
Further, they argue that the respondents selectively elevated competence, cost effectiveness and other similar factors above other equally important constitutional precepts of transparency, inclusivity and accountability expected of every procurement process by a state organ under the constitution.
IEBC and Al Ghurair have been named as respondents in the case.
NASA has always claimed that President Kenyatta has strong links with owners of Al Ghurair firm
Justice George Odunga told the applicant to serve all the parties in the suit and the matter be heard on Friday.