Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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IEBC awards ballot papers tender to Greek firm Lykos

The electoral authority has awarded a Greek company the tender for ballot papers and the electoral roll for use in the parliamentary elections in 2022 with a commission of around Sh 2.8 billion on Inform Lykos (Hellas) as the supplier of the materials in a framework contract for three Years.

The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission said in a message to one of the bidders that Inform Lykos was the bidder with the lowest rated response price of 7,172.85 euros (Sh921,326) for 3,000 ballots.

In the tender documents, the IEBC said that in view of the six electoral positions in the parliamentary elections, the minimum required was 117,600,000 ballot papers and a maximum of 180,000,000 ballot papers.

Lykos printed the ballot papers, which was used in the Nigerian presidential election 2019 and is now part of the Austricard group.

The documents available to us indicate that at least 14 companies participated in the tender which will have a huge impact on the management of the upcoming elections.

Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC was among 13 companies that failed to make the cut because they met the requirement of 40. Unfulfilled percent of local content.

The Dubai-based company’s tender for ballot papers worth 2.5 billion shunten in 2017 was vehemently rejected by the leaders of the disbanded National Super Alliance (NASA).

The failed companies include United Printing and Publishing LLC, Go Inspire Solutions, Uniprint – a division of Insidedata (South) PTY, Aerovote Security Print and Electoral Supplies and Masar Printing and Publishing.

Tall Security Print Ltd, Ellams Products Limited, Africa Infrastructure Development Company, Seshaasai Business Forms PVT Ltd and Kwanginsa Co Ltd also failed in 2018, 2019 and 2020 as well as an audit opinion on pany’s unqualified report.

Uniprint missed the mark after failing to provide a certified ISO 14298 certificate or an equivalent certificate for security printing from a recognized authority.

The same was be i Aerovote Security the case of printing and voting requirements.

Masar Printing was banned because it had not submitted certified financial statements and an independent auditor’s report on the annual financial statements for three years until 2020.

“The financial statements presented belong to AL Sayegh Media, while the bidder was Masar Printing and Publishing LLC,” said the IEBC.

Tall Security lost the bid because it failed to submit the ISO 14298 certificate, the same applies for Ellams Products Limited, while Africa Infrastructure Development Company failed to submit properly completed tender forms.

Seshaasai Business Forms PVT was banned from bid due to a lack of local content, while Kwanginsa Co Ltd secured the Sh20 million bid security.

There is a lot of shame after the award and the same could be challenged with the Public Procurement and Administrative Review Board (PPRAB).

IEBC Chair e Wafula Chebukati said the process was still within the 14-day standstill period.

“The commission can only make a binding statement on the contracted company after the award process has been completed,” he told the star.

This followed claims by a whistleblower that members of the technical evaluation committee lacked the expertise to test the samples provided.

He questions how the committee verified the safety features and tested the moisture content to the required standards.

The whistleblower pointed out in his protest to the IEBC that none of the members were qualified as technical paper experts.

There were also concerns, such as a 700-page ballot would be issued to a polling station, but polling stations do have streams.

Another complaint is that letters from Acknowledgment of Award were not sent to them by mail rather than by P. ost.

The whistleblower argued that this “should delay the appeal process and be allowed to cross-check or seek clarification at any time in accordance with the procurement laws.”