The Central Election Commission refused to purchase 10 thousand electronic ballot boxes KOIB-2022, explaining the decision by the lack of suppliers and the “current situation.” Potential bidders insist on their readiness to supply complexes

The Central Election Commission has canceled the purchase of the latest ballot processing complexes (KOIB-2022), follows from the resolution adopted at the CEC meeting on September 15. As Alexander Sokolchuk, head of the federal informatization center at the CEC, explained, the commission could not find a supplier that met the requirements.

“As Ella Alexandrovna [Pamfilova] said, due to the current situation, we were not able to implement this item, and there were no organizations that would fulfill the requirements of our terms of reference,” — Sokolchuk noted.

According to Sokolchuk, the Ministry of Finance and the government refused the CEC's request to redistribute the funds allocated for KOIBs for other purposes, in particular, the replacement of equipment being decommissioned as part of the Elections GAS. The money will be returned to the budget, thus, the cost of activities of the CEC automation center in 2022 will decrease to 1.5 billion rubles. instead of almost 3.7 billion rubles.

KOIBs are used for electronic counting of voting results, they consist of a pair of scanners connected to ballot boxes to recognize ballots and a printer. According to the schedule, the CEC was supposed to conclude a contract for the manufacture and supply of KOIBs in 2022 in the amount of almost 2.3 billion rubles. It was about 10 thousand new complexes, Sokolchuk said.

RBC sent a request to the CEC.

Both potential suppliers of KOIBs told RBC that they were interested in supplying these devices.

JSC “United Instrument-Making Corporation” (OPK) sent a letter to the CEC, in which it expressed its readiness to supply KOIBs, RBC was told in the press service of the Rostec state corporation, which includes the OPK. “The necessary technological capabilities for the production of KOIBs are currently available,” — they added there, emphasizing that the defense industry did not refuse to conclude a contract and was ready to implement all the requirements of the Central Election Commission.

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According to the vice-rector for economics and innovations of MSTU. N.E. Bauman Yevgeny Starozhuk, the university declared to the representatives of the CEC that it was ready to participate in the procurement. The issue with the logistics of imported components has now been resolved, he noted. “As far as we know, information was received from a single supplier about the impossibility of purchasing complexes, but once again I note that MSTU. N.E. Bauman declared his readiness to take part in the purchase, & mdash; added by Starzhuk.

In April, Sokolchuk already said that the Central Election Commission was refusing to purchase— according to him, the OPK did not conclude a contract “due to the current situation and the complexity of implementation.” In “Rostec” then they indicated that the holding did not refuse to sign the contact. Later, the head of the Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, indicated that the Central Election Commission was negotiating with alternative suppliers, since “many companies had certain difficulties for various reasons.”

Immediately after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, Rostec and his businesses came under British sanctions. On March 3, similar sanctions were imposed by the United States; restrictions included the head of Rostec; Sergei Chemezov and members of his family.

Earlier, Pamfilova reported on the CEC's plans to increase the number of ballot processing complexes to 25,000 by 2022 or 2023. Now the CEC has about 5 thousand KOIB-2010 and about 13 thousand KOIB-2017.

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