IEBC Taken To Task Over Cancellation Of The Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) Tender
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) team led by Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan, Vice Chair Lilian Mahiri, and acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is currently appearing before the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) and Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs to shed light on the cancellation of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR).>>>
The meeting comes a day after the National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende ordered the two committees to carry out probe and give a report on the cancellation of the tender and the move by the IEBC to revert to manual voter registration.
The Speaker ordered the two committees to prepare a report to be given to parliament as soon as possible. The electoral body announced yesterday, Wednesday that it will go back to manual registration of voters as there was no time to implement the Biometric Voter Registration due to tendering procedures querries.
IEBC settled on manual registration after a controversy surrounding the Biometric Voter Registration kits tendering and the time allocated to carry out the process took new dimensions. The civil society criticised the tendering process accusing IEBC of compromising the process by settling on the second lowest bidder Symphony Limited, contrary to tendering provisions.
IEBC dismissed claims of corruption saying that the tendering process had not been completed and that the claims were speculations. IEBC also cited time limitations to conduct conclusive voter education and registration using the BVR system, a move that was seconded by political leaders especially those eying the country’s top job.
The Biometric Voter Registration was touted as the best method to eliminate the case of unregistered or ghost voters from participating in the general election like in the disputed 2007 election.