IDEMIA Securities says it was in full compliance with the requirements of all applicable Kenyan laws and the requirements set out in the open international tender issued by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the supply of an integrated elections management system for voter registration, voter identification and results transmission.
In a statement Tuesday by Senior Vice President Antoine Grenier, the company says it also tendered the necessary documentation in a memorandum in support when they appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on February 21st 2019.
“IDEMIA appeared before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, in honour to a letter of invitation received on 18th February 2019 to answer to specific queries as advised in the letter. The invitation letter required IDEMIA to address PAC on questions regarding the supply, delivery and installation of the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS).”He said.
The Vice President says their compliance was subsequently stated by the PAC in its observations and findings in the report submitted to the National Assembly on February 27th 2019.
“As a law abiding corporate body, IDEMIA has at all times operated within the confines of Kenyan law and all other applicable international statutes. IDEMIA equally has internal polices and guidelines on ethics and legal compliance governing the conduct of its business across the world. We take note of the publication of an amended version of the Public Accounts Committee’s report, recommending the conduct of new investigations. We reiterate that IDEMIA has always complied, and indeed will continue to comply with all applicable provisions of the Kenyan law.” He added.
IDEMIA says it has since sought legal redress in the High Court of Kenya.
“As a law abiding corporate citizen, as soon as we have been afforded a fair opportunity to be heard, we are positive that we shall be vindicated and our legal position upheld by the Court.” He added.
The statement was issued with reference to the decision by the National Assembly to adopt the amended report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Examination of the Financial Statements of the IEBC on Tuesday April 25th 2019.
The IEBC issued an international Tender for the supply of the KIEMS system on 15/12/2016 to which IDEMIA responded with a detailed bid on 9/1/2017.
IDEMIA says it subsequently received a notification on the tender cancellation on 21/03/2017 and on the same day, they also received a letter of intent from the IEBC formalizing IEBC’s willingness to engage them to supply, deliver, install, commission, test and support an “Integrated Election Management System”.
In the letter, the IEBC highlighted the fact that due to the limited time to fulfil its legal obligation, they (IEBC) were willing to contract IDEMIA via a direct procurement method.
IDEMIA says relevant procurement process was undertaken, leading to a notification of award on 25/03/2017 and they proceeded to sign the KIEMS contract with the IEBC on 31/03/2017.
IEBC later expressed its gratitude for the technical expertise they delivered, their capacity to assist in the deployment in all aspects of the KIEMS project and the consistent support they provided through their local partner(s), despite a very challenging political environment.
IDEMIA confirms that it dutifully performed its obligations under the subject Contract.