Elections will not be held on August 8 - IEBC

The IEBC says it requires 50 more days.

IEBC through its lawyers lawyers Paul Muite, Kamau Karori and Milly Odari, said that it requires 50 days to carry out a fresh tender and procure new ballot papers.

The country only has 23 days left to the General Elections.

Lawyer Karori said that even with another direct procurement, IEBC will still be required to comply with the law, which included: preparing tender documents, negotiating with the printer, carrying out due diligence, allowing the printer time to study the contract, and time to acquire appropriate papers, which is a minimum of 50 days.

“We don’t have that time. There was material before High Court to show it will be impossible to commence the process as ordered by court and still be able to hold elections on August 8,” he said.

The High Court last week cancelled the Sh2.5 billion tender awarded to a Dubai-based firm for printing ballot papers ruling that the process had failed to comply with the Election laws.

The case had been filed by Cord against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board.

Attorney General Githu Muigai also warned the court that the country is likely to plunge into a territory with grave constitutional and political consequences should the High Court's ruling stand.

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