The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has shortlisted five companies to supply the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) Kits ahead of the 2018 general elections.
Although ZEC couln’t reveal names of the selected firms, indications are that all is in place. The biometric voter registration which is expected to start in March would capture biometrics such as a person’s unique physical traits and finger prints among other things.These features can be detected and recorded by an electronic device as a means of confirming identity.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
ZEC Chairperson Chief Justice Rita Makarau told journalists today that 12 companies had expressed interest in the tender.
“Whilst a number of companies had shown interest in the process 12 companies finally tendered to supply Zimbabwe with BVR kits,” she said.
” We can assure you that the process is still on going. The 12 bids were assessed and out of these 12 bids we are now informed that or the report has come through that seven of the bids were non-compliant technically. There were five bids which were complaint.
“Out of those five bids the selection will be made of the three lowest compliant bids to then come into the country with their equipment on a selected date and to demonstrate on the ground what their equipment can do,” she said.
Makarau added,” After that the site validation tests we can award the tender to one supplier who will supply us with the BVR kit.”
” The tendering process because we were being financed by the UNDP, was done on the UNDP e-Platform which was run from Copenhagen. The bids were opened and we all witnessed the opening of the bids here through technology. And I think we did invite stakeholders…,” said Makarau.
From the valuation committee ZEC set up, a report will brief them on how the kits operate.
“We have a valuation committee which will look at that and we expect their report any minute now,” said Makarau.
The ZEC Chair also said Govrnment wants to foot the bill of the BVR Kit supplier thereby lessening the costs to UNDP.
“I also want to make an announcement at this stage now that the Government of Zimbabwe has come on board and has decided that it will fund the acquisition of the BVR kits instead of letting the UNDP do it. So the government is now on board it will fund whatever award is given to the bidder, they will fund that acquisition of BVR kits,” she said.