The electoral commission has invited all presidential candidates to a meeting on Monday to discuss Friday’s High Court ruling on the printing of presidential election ballot papers, as it emerged that the commission will abide by the ruling and start the tender afresh.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has also asked members of the public to submit their views by Tuesday, July 11, ahead of a public hearing on July 12.
“The commission has reflected on the judgement of the High Court on procurement of ballot papers for presidential election and has resolved to…hold a meeting with all presidential candidates on July 10 at 11am,” Mr Chebukati said on Saturday at a hurriedly arranged press conference at IEBC’s Anniversary Towers.
But even as IEBC will be engaging the presidential candidates and members of the public, the commission said it will proceed with the appeal of the ruling to get a clear interpretation.
“The contract for the presidential ballot papers was nullified on the basis of lack of public participation.
“This is a grey area and not only affects the commission but all public institutions.
“We will be appealing to get a clarification on the process of engaging the public because there is neither a legislative framework nor policy guidelines in place,” Mr Chebukati said.