A total of 5 companies have been awarded the contract to print the ballots for next year’s general election.
The development was announced Wednesday in a statement by the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama.
This brings to an end the standoff in which the Commission clashed with some political players who wanted the contract to be awarded to local firms.
The tender to print the ballots in the end was awarded to companies from the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the UK.
The UAE Companies are: United Printing and Publishing (Abu Dhabi) which will print the Presidential and direct parliamentary ballots; Al Ghuraiar Printing and Publish(Dubai) which will print the District Woman MPS, District Women Councilors and LC3 Woman Councilors Ballots.
Those from the UK are; Tall Security Print and Adare Sec Ltd which will ballots for the Municipality Councilors, Special Interest Groups at District, Municipality and Sub County Levels, Sub County Chairpersons and Sub County Councilors.
Meanwhile, Uniprint which is based in Durban South Africa was hired to print the ballots for District/City Chairpersons, District/City Councilors, Muni Chairpersons and, municipality Councilors.
Byabakama in the statement further revealed that the Commission and already informed political contestants about this development.
He said the candidates and political parties had also been invited to nominate official agents for accreditation, to travel to the said countries to observe the printing, packing and delivery of the ballots.
The parties however, will have to dig in their own pockets to send out these teams.