IEBC Surprise Move; Media, Party Leaders Trip To Dubai August Ballot Papers Printing Company

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National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has demanded that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reconsiders its choice of the firm to supply ballot papers for the August elections.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader termed as an act of bad faith how the IEBC awarded the Sh2.5 Billion tender to Dubai-based Al-Ghurair company

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Mr Odinga’s new demand comes a day after IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba warned that the country risked not having the General Election in August if any further court injunctions barred the awarding of the tender.

“If someone went to court today and challenges this, the question we should be asking ourselves is whether we will have the election in August,” Mr Chiloba told Members of Parliament

Following all that controversy, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is now inviting key stakeholders to accompany its officials to Dubai to confirm the progress of printing ballot papers for the August election.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says those invited for the June 22 trip includes representatives of all the presidential candidates, civil society as well as the media.

Odinga who is one of the leading presidential candidates on Tuesday insisted that Al Ghurair, the firm awarded the ballot printing tender was favoured following influence from unnamed officials in the ruling party