Electoral Commission plans not to reevaluate ballot printing bids.
The Electoral Commission chairperson Simon Byabakama yesterday asked the procurement body to look at “the bigger picture” and warned of “anarchy” in the country and constitutional crisis stemming from the latest directives on ballot papers.
He stated that any attempts to force the EC to comply with the Public Procurement and Disposable of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) decision on ballot papers, would mean postponing the 2021 General Election yet the law dictates clear headlines.
Justice Byabakama reemphasized that local firms don’t have the capacity to print the 187 million ballot papers needed in next year’s polls. This week PPDA canceled the ballot printing tender Justice Byabakama team awarded to seven foreign firms and demanded that they reevaluate the bids and consider local firms.