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Four Foreign Firms Awarded Ballot Printing Contract

According to a press statement issued by the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the Abu Dhabi-based United Printing and Publishing firm will be responsible for the printing of ballot papers for the Presidential and Directly-elected Member of Parliament.
The Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama
The Electoral Commission (EC) has named four foreign firms which have been awarded contracts for printing of ballot papers for the coming 2021 general election.

The firms awarded the contract include United Printing and Publishing firm (Abu Dhabi),  Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC (Dubai), Uniprint (SA), Durban South Africa, Tall Security Print Ltd (UK) and Adare Sec  Ltd (UK).

According to a press statement issued by the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the Abu Dhabi-based United Printing and Publishing firm will be responsible for the printing of ballot papers for the Presidential and Directly-elected Member of Parliament.

Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC will print ballots for the District Woman Representatives to Parliament, while Uniprint will print ballots for the District/City chairpersons, directly elected councillors, municipality and city divisions chairpersons, as well as municipality and city division women councillors.

The other ballot papers to be printed are for District or City Chairpersons, District or City directly-elected councillors, Municipality Directly-elected Councilors, Special Interest Groups at District, Municipality and Sub-County level and others.  

“The Electoral Commission has officially communicated to political parties and candidates participating in the elections, inviting them to nominate official agents for accreditation, to travel to the above countries and observe the printing, packing and delivery of these critical electoral materials, at their own cost,” says Justice Byabakama.

The move by the Electoral Commission follows queries by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) which last month cancelled the award of tenders to some foreign firms to print ballot papers. PPDA then directed the Electoral Commission to re-evaluate bids for local firms including Graphic Systems Ltd, Picfare Industries Ltd, Inline Print Services and New Vision-Hi-tech JV which had been reportedly sidelines in the Shillings 185 billion contract.

There was also a complaint that the evaluation of firms was not properly conducted in several areas saying that the firms were unfairly eliminated on grounds that they lacked evidence of successful completion of three contracts of a similar nature and complexity. However, EC Chairperson Byabakama defended the move to award the contract to foreign firms saying that the matter was not a mere sentimental process but rather a question of capacity.

“Our technical team realized that there were shortcomings in the technical competences of our local printers, particularly in the areas of ballot printing. Given the high numbers and the high valuables and the time element in this Covid-19, we said let printing tender be awarded to foreign entities,” Byabakama told journalists recently.

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