Court orders fresh tender process for presidential ballot printing

Ballot printing going down in Dubai despite NASA's court case

Bales of printed ballots

High Court has ordered a new tender process for presidential ballot papers printing saying Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failed to facilitate sufficient public participation in the process.

The court also noted that the orders will not affect printing of ballot papers for the other electoral positions.

Striking out the case would be seen as a Jubilee triumph over the Opposition, whose basis of challenging the award to the company was that Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing had close links with the first family and senior people in the Jubilee Party.

But IEBC which had been sued now says it will appeal the case in the Court of Appeal further throwing the printing of the ballot papers into uncertainty just a month to the election.

"We regret this decision given the urgency to prepare for free, fair and credible elections in the next 30 days.we note that the judgement has far-reaching implications on the elections".

In its application, the National Super Alliance - NASA had claimed the award of the tender had been influenced by the relationship between Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company and one of the presidential candidates.

"The order by the Court was exclusively based on the reason that there was no public participation during the direct award of the tender to Al Ghurair. This is very novel", added Chebukati.

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