ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau told a police briefing yesterday that the kits should be in Zimbabwe in three months time.
“So I want to assure the audience that we would have supplied the voter registration kits within the next 90 days or so. We should have the kits in the country,” she said.
She said, “The kits should be supplied in terms of that contract and they are firmly on our way to go biometrical in terms of the voter registration.”
The contract for the supply of the BVR kits was awarded to a Chinese company called Laxton Group of Companies, something which raised eyebrows among Zimbabweans. She reassured that the selection criteria was above board.
“The contract was found by Laxton Group of Companies from China. But I wanted to assure the audience that the group was chosen out of a process that we initiated with the United Nations Development Program.
“This was a transparent process, it remained a transparent process because we did not change the process from what we had agreed upon with the United Nations Development Program,” said the ZEC chair.
Laxton Group was awarded the tender after it proposed a US$3,9 million budget to supply the BVR kits while another bidder Demalog Identification Systems of German charged US$5,5 million.
The initial tender was for 1 600 kits but the electoral commission now requires 3 000 kits composed of 2 900 general kits and 100 districts kits.