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 NEC Chairperson Madam. Davidetta Browne Lansanah NEC Chairperson Madam. Davidetta Browne Lansanah

Report: PPCC Approves NEC By-Elections Procurement Plan

Contrary to recent media reports that authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) allegedly sidestepped all procurement processes and procedures for the just ended by-elections, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), according to report backed by cogent document in possession of the Heritage, did approve the NEC 2021 By-Elections Procurement Plan for Bomi, Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties.

The latest development followed incessant media reports attributed to the Executive Director of the PPCC, Atty. J. Roseline Nagbe-Kowo that the PPCC had no idea about the NEC’s procurement processes and procedures regarding the just held by-elections.

Among other things, the media reports averred that the PPCC boss insinuated a semblance of corruption at the commission contrary to what the document says.

Accordingly, the budget for the By-Elections in Bomi, Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties was US$190,000, while for the rental of the Artificial Intelligence Device and services, the bid price was US$182,320.

In an official communication from the from the PPCC and addressed to the NEC Chairperson, Madam  Davidetta Browne Lansanah, a copy which is in the possession of this paper, states that, “The Commission, upon review and careful scrutiny of NEC’s By-Elections Procurement Plan, expressed justifications, and subsequent accompanying documents, hereby states that the following packages outlaid on the procurement plans (Non-SBA SBA), and indicated on explanatory notes, are hereby approved for subsequent execution of stipulated processes.”

Accordingly, they include the National Competitive Bidding (NCB), for generator spare parts and lubricants, newspapers and advertisement, for radio; and the Restricted Bidding (RB), for computer supplies and ICT equipment, and verification equipment rental.

Others are the Request for Quotation (RFQ), and the Sole Source (Indicated requested vendors), for elections stationery, by-elections ballot papers, printing of elections materials among others.

The document also reveals that the PPCC “re-echoed” to the NEC to improve the execution of time-bound elections procurement, specifically the usage of Advanced Procurement Process for proper planning purposes.

The PPCC went on to also inform the NEC that its By-Elections Procurement Plan will be duly forwarded to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and that the MFDP will process allotments in keeping with the approved procurement plan.

Meanwhile, the latest development will now lay to rest the mounting allegations that the PPCC had no idea about the NEC’s procurement processes and procedures regarding the just held by-elections.

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