BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,2017-The court of appeal has ruled that the case challenging the award of ballot papers printing tender to Dubai based firm AL Ghurair was not weighty to warrant partial implementing of the tender.The case against the independent and Electoral commission IEBC was field by the National Super Alliance that claimed among others the there was no public participation before awarding the tender.
The opposition had further claimed that the owners of the printing firm met with top state house leaders including president Kenyatta and discussed about the tender a move that they say could compromise standards of work done by the firm.
However while delivering the ruling the five judge bench rejected the evidence presented in court through news papers cuttings that shows president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The judges also said in their ruling that Public participation was not mandatory as long as the process was above board.
They further said the tender was not to be split.
The move now means that AL Ghurair will go on and print the presidential ballot papers.The firm had already started printing the rest of ballot papers with the first consignment already in the country.
The court of appeal also said considering the time lines that remains the same case can not hold.
Speaking after the ruling opposition lawyer Paul Mwangi expressed disappointment following the judges ruling and said that they will leave the matter in the hands of the NASA principals to decide the next move.