IEBC firm linked to final-minute cease of Nigeria poll

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Thursday November 25 2021

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By SAM KIPLAGAT

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  • The firm says the Nigerian executive has never initiated any action, including industrial penalties, against it over its operate in the 2019 elections.
  • Mr Kostas desires the case brushed off with charges.
  • Repeat Lykos modified into contracted by the IEBC to acquire pollpapers, register of voters and election declaration kinds, amongst other objects, for the 2022 General Election.

A Greek firm attempting to get reinstatement of a Sh3 billion contract for printing pollpapers for Kenya’s 2022 elections is stopping claims linking it to the final-minute postponement of polls in Nigeria in February 2019.

Repeat Lykos (Hellas) S.A has petitioned the Excessive Court docket to ignore its involvement in the Nigerian elections when selecting the suit the attach its contract to acquire the pollpapers to the Neutral Electoral and Boundaries Rate (IEBC) modified into cancelled.

The firm says there is no such thing as a legitimate indictment against it for the postponed elections in Nigeria in a factual suit that can per chance presumably pose challenges to organisation of the election the attach Deputy President William Ruto and veteran opposition chief Raila Odinga are front runners.

The procurement regulator has requested the IEBC to check the gentle for printing of the pollpapers and other election materials.

However the Excessive Court docket has got a petition attempting to get the termination of the pollpaper deals and barring the Greek firm from the contract, citing the botched Nigerian polls.

In 2019, the Neutral Nationwide Electoral Rate (Inec) postponed Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections for a week, just a few hours to vote casting, which strategy of what modified into termed logistical points.

Repeat Lykos (Hellas) S.A had been contracted by the Nigerian poll agency to print pollpapers.

Boaz Waruku, an involved occasion in the Kenyan case, says in court docket documents the Greek firm must be barred from supplying the pollpapers which strategy of its involvement in the Nigerian elections.

He accuses the firm of allegedly supplying parallel pollpapers, eroding public believe in the electoral job.

“Publicly on hand records extra indicates that M/s Repeat Lykos (Hellas) S.A performed a foremost operate in the 2019 election debacle in Nigeria when, on the very final moment, elections had been postponed,” he mentioned in a sworn assertion.

The postponed of the Nigerian elections left native politicians accusing one any other of looking out for to govern the vote following the lengthen. The electoral price blamed the postponement to logistical complications, but failed to provide extra little print.

Repeat Lykos (Hellas) S.A first-rate industrial officer Grekis Kostas urged the Kenyan court docket that Mr Waruku had no longer tabled any legitimate indictment from the Nigerian executive placing blame on the firm for the behavior of the 2019 elections.

“I’m mindful from my records and records on hand online that the Neutral Nationwide Electoral Rate issued an legitimate assertion blaming delays in its 2019 standard election on the implementation of its logistics and operational plan,” Mr Kostas mentioned.

The firm says the Nigerian executive has never initiated any action, including industrial penalties, against it over its operate in the 2019 elections.

Mr Kostas desires the case brushed off with charges.

Repeat Lykos modified into contracted by the IEBC to acquire pollpapers, register of voters and election declaration kinds, amongst other objects, for the 2022 General Election.

But Mr Waruku challenged the gentle arguing that the formulation modified into no longer transparent and accused IEBC of selecting handiest one vendor, which he mentioned doesn’t meet the brink required by the law.

The electoral body had before all the pieces dominated out joint ventures allowing many native corporations to lag on and gain tenders in partnership with moneyed foreign corporations.

The Repeat Lykos contract modified into cancelled by the Public Procurement Administrative Evaluation Board final week.

The board directed the IEBC to restart the formulation on the monetary overview stage, restricting the gentle to the shortlisted bidders.

Contracts for printing presidential pollpapers forward of elections have beforehand been marked with courts fights, prompting their cancellations In 2017, the Excessive Court docket nullified the contract for printing presidential pollpapers, gorgeous weeks to the elections that passed off on August 8.

The judge dominated that the IEBC’s tendering job modified into no longer sufficiently transparent after the opposition lodged a series of factual challenges over the organisation of the election the attach President Uhuru Kenyatta modified into attempting to get a second and closing five-twelve months term against Mr Odinga.

The IEBC awarded the Sh2.5 billion contract to Dubai-basically based mostly firm Al Ghurair in 2016. But a Excessive Court docket judge cancelled it, announcing it failed to practice glossy election regulations after it modified into challenged by the opposition.

Within the most up-to-date case, Mr Waruku has furthermore challenged the gentle for the provision of Sh4.7 billion Kenya Constructed-in Elections Management Systems (Kiems) kits awarded to Smartmatic World Maintaining B.V. Mr Waruku in conjunction with Stephen Mirambo requested the court docket to merge the 2 cases announcing they’re basically based mostly on the same gentle job.

Mr Mirambo mentioned he modified into frightened that the IEBC had no longer corrected the complications that ended in the nullification of the presidential election in 2017, because it has did no longer take care of the tendering job.

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