Printing of Ballot papers to proceed after Court turns down NASA Petition

Printing of Ballot papers to proceed after Court turns down NASA Petition

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,23RD JUNE,2017-The High Court  in Nairobi on Friday 23rd June turned down the National Super Alliance  NASA’s petition challenging  the ballot paper printing tender worth  Ksh 2.5 billion  awarded to Al Ghurair printing firm of Dubai.

The move means the printing exercises which was  scheduled to begin On Friday 23rd June  2017 will now proceed.

However Justice George Odunga certified the matter as urgent and gave the opposition – National Super Alliance (NASA) a go ahead to pursue its case against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Al Ghurair printing firm.

Justice Odunga further directed that the file be placed before the Chief Justice to constitute a three-judge bench who will hear and determine the case challenging the tender awarded to the Dubai-based firm.

“The applicant has established a prima facie case to commence for proceedings,” ruled Odunga.

Meanwhile, Jubilee party, Third Way Alliance Party and the Attorney General have been enjoined in the case as interested parties.

The parties in the case have urged the court to hear and determine the matter expeditiously saying that the matter is of great interest in the country.

The matter will be heard on the 27th of this month.

NASA says that the decision to award the Ksh 2.5 billion tender to Dubai-based firm violates the legitimate expectation of NASA adding that the move was actuated by ulterior motives.

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