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October 17, 2017

Victory for IEBC as courts rules Al Ghurair to print ballot papers

A file photo of IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. /HEZRON NJOROGE
A file photo of IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. /HEZRON NJOROGE

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Al Ghurair can go ahead with the printing of presidential ballot papers.

A five-judge bench on Thursday reversed a decision that terminated the awarding of the contract to the Dubai-based firm.

The judges said the High Court erred in holding public participation a mandatory requirement for direct procurement.

The Court also faulted the High Court for failing to consider timelines set under the constitution.

Earlier, the court upheld High Court determination that newspaper cuttings are insufficient proof President Uhuru Kenyatta met Al Ghurair officials.

The Dubai-based printer and publisher was awarded the contract to print ballot papers for the August 8 general election.

The High court stopped the printing of presidential ballot papers following a suit filed by the National Super Alliance.

A five- judge bench was tasked with examining whether the decision would remain. 

The Court of Appeal judges are Erastus Githinji, Roselyn Nambuye, Visram Alnasir, Jamilla Muhammed and Otieno Odek.

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