Public Memorandum; Political Grand Standing Persists Regarding The Printing Of Presidential Ballot Papers
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC; is now receiving memorandum from the public on the procurement of Presidential Ballot Papers for election in August. Members of the public are expected to send written letters to the commission head office via Email of visit the offices personally with their letters. Chebukati and his team will tomorrow, 12th July be holding a public hearing on the matter that the High Court squashed the tender of Al Ghurair at Dubai. The commission yesterday, 10th July met the presidential candidates and the representatives as it sorts consensus over this issue.
After the Friday set back at the High Court where a three Judge bench squashed the award of the presidential ballot papers printing tender at Dubai based firm Al Ghurair. Electoral body IEBC met Four presidential candidates as representatives of the other four; Including those of front runners president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, but even their consensus remained delusive.
The Statements as said by senator of Tharaka Nithi, Kithure Kindiki “We have no interest to actually determine who gets the award or how it is given that is not our job, our job is to do politics.
“Watu wako kichwa ngumu Kenya, if I say, if you say and it is good for me I will respect that and say my brother that is good for the country; but because you said I will not keep quiet. I must also say and I must oppose you, that is the trend, that is what is going on.” Presidential Aspirant Abduba Dida
President Kenyatta’s team lead by national majority leader, Aden Duale and his senator Kithure Kindiki distances Jubilee party from the tendering process: As the senator of Siaya, James Orengo lead Odinga’s team demaded IEBC should separate ballot paper tender from that of election result declaration forms to be awarded to a different company. Here are his statement;
‘ We are not late, we have sufficient time to in away that accords to the constitution; print and deliver this ballot across the country.
Still IEBC is collecting public views through written memoranda until 5 pm on Tuesday, but IEBC could be staring at another round of litigation even as Thirdway Alliance Party presidential candidate, Ekuru Aukot accused the Chebukati team of dishonesty.
” We’ve just learned that you have appeal this decision and therefore are we implementing…, because it seems to me chair you are doing PR with us.”
As political grand standing persists regarding the printing of presidential ballot papers the sportlight turns to the IEBC as the quest for the illusive consensus on the divisive issues continuing 27 days to the August 8th polls.