Blow to NASA as High Court declines to stop Al Ghurair from printing ballot papers

The High Court on Friday dealt a major blow to NASA after Judge George Odunga declined to issue a temporary order to stop a Dubai based firm from printing ballot papers for August 8 polls.

Judge Odunga in his ruling noted that NASA failed to convince the court on why its should issue temporary orders barring Al Ghurair Printing & Publishing from printing ballot papers after winning a sh2.5 million tender.

The Judge also urged the Chief Justice, David Maraga to constitute a three-Judge bench to hear the case next week on Tuesday.

Legal counsel representing IEBC, Al Ghurair and the Attorney General told the Judge not to issue any order as such an action would be a set back for the August polls.

The lawyers also told the court that they need more time to respond to issues raised by NASA in their suit.

Judge Odunga also ruled that Jubilee Party and Thirdway Alliance should be enjoined in the case.

Opposition Chief Raila Odinga had on Wednesday vowed to stop Al Ghurair from printing the ballot papers.

Raila argued that the Dubai based firm has strong links with President Uhuru Kenyatta and it could be a precursor for rigging August polls.

Raila has also alleged that Al Ghurair has already printed Presidential ballot papers.

But IEBC has come out and refuted the claims stating that printing of ballot papers will start from next month.

The sh2.5 billion tender awarded to Al Ghurair has caused a political storm in the country for the past two weeks.

Both Jubilee and NASA have traded barbs with each team defending their stand on why or why shouldn’t the Dubai based firm be allowed to print 120 million ballot papers.