On Monday, IEBC Chairman Chebukati declared that the commission will no longer participate in the activities of the National Multi-Sectoral Consultative Forum and its Technical Working Committee on Election preparedness.
The IEBC boss cited pressure from the members in the powerful committee risking their independence to oversee the 2022 general elections.
However, according to latest reports, IEBC has now warned that tender wars might hamper next year's polls.
This is after a multi-billion ballot paper tender was cancelled by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board amid claims of tender wars and political interference from senior political figures in the country.
Appearing before the Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Senate, Chebukati said despite the fact that the tender normally attracts litigation, they expect to finalize the issuance of the tender by December 31st.
The IEBC boss said that despite getting budgetary allocations late, they have already commenced procurement of general election materials, equipment and services with major ones being the ballot papers, elections technology, ballot boxes security seals, logistics partners, media agencies among others
He stated “However these tenders usually attract a lot of vendor interests which at times degenerate into vendor wars in terms of litigations, this may not only delay the process but also hamper preparation for elections,”
In the meeting, Chebukati also stated that they will not take instructions from any quarters about election preparedness, although they are willing to partner with other players for successful general elections.
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