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Million dollar ballot paper tender up for grabs

Tuesday, 15 December 2009
By Print 21 Online Article

Printers get ready to battle it out for the vote of approval from New South Wales Electoral Commission.

The government body has put out a tender for its typesetting, printing, binding and delivery of ballot papers for the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Elections in March 2011.

According to Simon Kwok, project manager, there has already been a “fair amount of interest” from printers and he expects to see further attention before applications close on 19 January.

“If you look at the number of ballot papers that need to be produced, it is a large contract for printers,” he said.

Any print business lucky enough to score the contract could be producing work for the New South Wales Electoral Commission for as long as 2015, Kwok said. “The tender is for the 2011 general election with an option to extend depending on performance until another event in June 2015,” he said. “It’s a multi-million dollar tender.”

Kwok believes that time management and efficiency will separate a successful bid from an unsuccessful one.

“The main criteria is that the vendor can handle the project’s complexity in terms of time critical nature of the work,” Kwok said. “We can’t run the election without the ballot paper it has to be done right and we have a short window for producing ballot papers because we don’t know the exact layout of the ballot paper until close of nomination.”

Anyone interested in applying for the tender can do so by clicking here.

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