IEBC rejects tender to print Dubai Al Ghurair ballots

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the winner of the tender for printing ballots.

In a commission statement, a new company will be mandated to print ballots for the August 2022 general election.

IEBC entrusted the printing work to Inform Lykos, a printing company based in Greece. The deal between the commission headed by Chebukati will see Lykos provide ballots at a total cost of Ksh925 million.

A voter voting at the United Nations General Assembly on June 17, 2020.

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Lykos, who beat 13 other companies, was chosen by the electorate because she was the bidder with the best rate. He offered to print the newspapers at the rate of 921,326 Ksh per 3,000 newspapers.

In the three-year contract, the Greek printing press will provide for the supply and delivery of ballot papers, voter registration, legal deduction forms used in polling stations as well as election and referendum forms used in centers constituency vote.

Al Ghurair, a Dubai-based company that won the tender in 2017, missed the tender. IEBC explained that the company did not meet the required threshold of 40% local content.

“The committee regrets to inform you that your offer was not successful for the following reason. You haven’t met the 40 percent local content requirement, ”read a letter to the company.

The company charged Ksh 2.5 billion to the commission to print the ballots in 2017, almost 3 times more than what the current bidder is offering. This year, they gave a quote of Ksh 1.2 billion.

Go Inspire, a UK-based company, was eliminated for failing to submit audited notarized accounts for 2018, 2019 and 2020. It had offered to do the work at Ksh 813 million.

Aerovote Security Print and Electoral Supplies, Tall Security Print Limited and Ellams Products Limited were refused the tender for failing to submit ISO 14298, which is a document outlining the conditions for managing the printing processes of security, or its equivalent from a recognized authority.

IEBC Managing Director Marjan Hussein Marjan urged aggrieved companies to file procurement complaints by midnight October 28.

Hussein Marjan, CEO of IEBC

IEBC CEO Hussein Marjan during his appearance before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

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