ZEC Wins BVR Kits Tender Challenge

The Administrative Court has upheld a decision by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to award a tender to a New York-based company, IPSIDY, to supply a biometric voter registration (BVR) de-duplication hardware and software.

This followed an appeal by a Chinese company, Laxton Group Limited, which in June last year won the tender to supply BVR kits ahead of this year’s harmonised elections.

The Administrative Court has upheld a decision by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to award a tender to a New York-based company, IPSIDY, to supply a biometric voter registration (BVR) de-duplication hardware and software.

This followed an appeal by a Chinese company, Laxton Group Limited, which in June last year won the tender to supply BVR kits ahead of this year’s harmonised elections.

“For that reason, the sixth ground of appeal is dismissed with costs,” he said.

The court also noted that the allegation that IPSIDY had not been security vetted was being raised for the first time before the court, hence could not be considered by a court of appeal such as the Administrative Court.

“This court sat as a court of appeal in this case. In an appeal, the issues before the court are those raised by the appellant in its grounds of appeal,” said Justice Mandeya.

“Appellant’s grounds of appeal do not raise the issue of whether or not IPSIDY was security vetted. Therefore, that issue is not properly before this court in this appeal.”

Commenting on the court judgment, ZEC deputy chairperson Mr Emmanuel Magade said they felt vindicated and called upon all parties to move forward.

“My disposition and views have always been that the appeal was completely devoid of merit and ill-conceived. The award process was done above board and the court has vindicated that position,” he said.

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