IEBC speaks on the referendum tender advertisement

The Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Thursday, July 15, 2021 issued a clarification on the tender notice which was published in local daily newspapers on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

IEBC Communications Manager Edgar Aswani has stated that the tender was not issued with regards to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum which is currently being deliberated in court.

Mr. Aswani stated that the tender was a framework that would be used to source for the products and services within the stipulated time frame.

“The bidder who will be allocated the tender will supply ballot papers and other election materials for any type of election or referendum held at any time between now and 2024,” Mr. Aswani stated.

The IEBC Communication Manager also said that the contracted bidder will only supply the materials when the commission will need them adding that it will be done through Local Service Orders issued by IEBC.

This comes after High Court Judges barred the commission from conducting the referendum until cases challenging the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill were heard and determined.

The five-Judge-bench had ruled that the IEBC did not meet the required quorum to run a referendum following the resignation of four other commissioners.

However, the IEBC appealed the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

Through its lawyers, the electoral commission argued that they were not at fault for approving the signatures submitted to them by the BBI proponents.

The electoral commission also accused five High Court judges of exceeding their mandate by stopping the country from going to a referendum.

Court of Appeal President Justice Daniel Musinga on July 2, 2021, stated that the appellant court will deliver its ruling on the appeal cases on August 20, 2021.

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