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IEBC sued for single-sourcing election system

Six people have moved to court challenging the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) tender award to French-based firm, Safran Identity and Security Company, over claims that the procurement process was marred with corruption.

Wycliff Ken Lugwili, Reuben Kidima Mulama, Hezron Momanyi Ombati, Peter Simiyu Mukoya, Grace Wanjiku Mugo and Hannah Wangui Mugo have sued the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission while the said company is listed as an interested party in the case.

The six fault IEBC for directly procuring the tender and also for removal of the voter registration component from KIEMS.

They claim the removal altered the integrated electronic electoral system that enables biometric voter registration, electronic voter identification and electronic transmission of results hence IEBC acted unlawfully as well as contrary to the election laws.

They also fault the fact that IEBC has defended its direct procurement as not sufficiently convincing.

Safran was awarded the disputed tender after the one that was given to Gemalto SA, also from France, was cancelled.

Another local firm associated with Gemalto SA had soon after raised concern that Safran could have influenced the award of the contract.

The six  want the decision to single-source the tender be suspended and that IEBC be barred from signing the contract with Safran.

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