By Victor Muyakane
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC has denied reports that it was compromised and that the tender awarded to Dubai-based Al Ghurair for the printing of ballot papers was dishonest.
The Opposition NASA maintains that the 2.5b shilling tender was illegal and should be canceled.
In his address to the National Elections Conference on Tuesday, NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga also expressed concern over possible interference and undue influence by the state in the awarding of the tender.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati moved to address the concerns on Wednesday morning, revealing that the Commission has invited representatives of all the presidential candidates, civil society as well as the media for a trip to Dubai on the 22nd of this month to ascertain the capability of the firm to execute the job.
Chebukati says the Commission conducted due diligence before settling on Al Ghurair, stating that the matter had as such been handled during an meeting between Jubilee and NASA representatives on 24th of May.
But NASA now maintains that the tender ought to me cancelled immediately as it believes that Al Ghurair may have compromised some top Kenyan officials ion order to clinch the lucrative tender.
To this, Chebukati warns that such demands could very well derail the tight election timetable and time barred processes , expressing dismay at what he terms as an about turn by the same opposition team that participated in the vetting process and approved the choice of Al Ghurair.
The matter has become the latest hot potato in the Kenyan political scene, with insiders and observers alike waiting with bated breath to seethe outcome, barely a month and a half to the general elections amid significant pressure.