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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,8TH JULY 2017-The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has asked members of the public to give views through submission of written memorandum on procurement of presidential ballot papers by Tuesday next week.The commission will there after hold a public forum on Wednesday.
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati says the commission will also hold consultative forum involving all 8 presidential candidate on Monday 10th July.
The move by the electoral body agency is largely seen as a deliberate step to vacate its previous stand and comply with Friday’s court ruling that nullified the contract for printing of presidential election ballot papers. The commission had said it will appeal the decision.
However Chebukati says the Commission shall move to the supreme court by Sunday 9th July not to seek the overturning of the ruling but seek clarifications on the directive about public participation. “As you know the court nullified the contract on grounds of public participation.
We are therefore appealing the decision of the high court on public participation on public procurement,” Chebukati said on Friday at a press conference in Nairobi. The IEBC chair said the commission wants the court to shed more light on what it means by public participation on procurement since the current legal regime does not anticipate that.