STL/HSB/Genkey company Limited, an information technology firm, has been awarded the contract for the procurement of Biometric Voters Registration (BVR) system for the 2012 general election. It was selected by the Electoral Commission (EC) from a list of 47 companies that responded to the proposals for the expression of interest advertised in the media. Seven out of the 47 were initially shortlisted.
A document titled “Chronology of Biometric Voter Registration Procurement Process”, which contains the road map for the procurement of the BVR, prepared by the EC and distributed to political parties, stated the contract was awarded on October 4, 2011. It said on May 23, 2011, the EC’s procurement department invited pre-qualified vendors to bid for the contract.
On July 11, 2011 six qualified vendors submitted their bids and three weeks later, on August 2, 2011, the EC undertook a technical evaluation of the tender documents of two vendors shortlisted for field tests.
According to the document, the EC invited stakeholders, including political parties to observe field and lab tests and a month afterwards the EC’s procurement team visited the local offices of the two shortlisted firms.