Tanzania’s 2020 ballot papers to be printed by South Africa

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A South African company, Form CC will be printing the October General elections ballot papers after winning a Sh 14.4 billion tender.

According to The Citizen newspaper, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) chairman Semistocles Kaijage, did not confirm the reports but he said NEC would soon release the name of the firm that won the tender and the cost of printing the papers.

The South African company initially won the tender to print and supply the ballot papers at a contract price of Sh18 billion but NEC successfully negotiated to a reduction of Sh4 billion.

It was awarded the tender in May after defeating a Dubai-based firm, Ms Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC that is known to have published ballot papers Malawi Presidential elections re-run that just ended.

NEC advertised the tender on May 9, 2020, which attracted three bids, Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing company, Ms Ren-Form CC. The Tanzanian media learnt that Al Ghurair printed ballot materials for the 2017 General elections in Kenya at a cost of Ksh2.5 billion (Tsh55 billion).

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