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Justice Priscilla Chigumba, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commision has said that her organisation has identified the company to supply ballot papers and indelible ink for the 2018 harmonised elections. Although she did not reveal the identity of the company, she said that ZEC was going to do a direct purchase instead of a public tender. Said Chigumba,
We are in the process of being authorised by the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe to do a direct purchase of those two items. The service providers to print ballot papers for the 2018 harmonised elections have already been identified but in the interim, their identity cannot be disclosed as the commission is still undergoing the necessary procurement formalities.
The reason why we use this procedure for ballot paper and ink procurement is they have very specific quality, so if we do a public tender we are not going to guarantee the quality that we want and risk compromising security issues. Ink, for example, should be ink that can’t be tampered with. That is why we do what is called a direct purchase
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