JUBILEE, NASA and others Invited IEBC to witness Printing of Ballots Papers in Dubai ahead of August 2017 General Election in Kenya

By Caroline

Chebukati spoke on Wednesday, a day after Raila accused top Jubilee leaders of having a hand in the awarding of a ballot papers contract to Al Ghurair Printing.

Al Ghurair is to print about 120 million ballot papers, election results forms and poll registers.

Raila said on Tuesday that information they have indicates the firm has had contracts with senior Jubilee officials for at least three years.

But Chebukati said the narrative was “capable of derailing” them from fulfilling their constitutional obligation on the August 2017 election.

“IEBC had confirmed the firm is qualified to undertake the printing of ballot papers,” he said.

He further said the commission engaged the political stakeholders before making the decision.

“In particular, on May 24, the commission held meetings with Jubilee Party and NASA coalitions. We took into consideration their concerns and explored several options to address them,” he said.

“We wish to assure Kenyans that every decision we make is for the good of the country,” he said.

He further stated that we have invited political parties to join our team to Dubai on June 22 to monitor ballot printing.

The stakeholder monitoring delegation will comprise a representative from the eight presidential candidates and one from the civil society.

Others are three representatives from the media, one from the Inter-religious Council and another from the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

“They will be required to witness and confirm in writing, the completion of several key production points,” the electoral agency boss added.

At the completion of production, Chebukati said, the monitoring delegation will also verify in writing that the desired quantity of ballot papers was printed, stitched and packaged into pallets.

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