65. The Chief Electoral Officer may require a quality assurance system, including the ISO 9001: 2000 standard, or a specification relating to sustainable development and the environment, for the carrying out of a contract. The Chief Electoral Officer must specify the requirement in the tender documents.
If such a requirement unduly reduces the competition, the Chief Electoral Officer must allow any service provider, supplier or contractor to submit a tender and grant a preferential margin not exceeding 10% to the tenderer that fulfills the requirement referred to in the first paragraph. In this latter case, the price submitted by such a service provider, supplier or contractor is, for the sole purpose of determining the successful tenderer, reduced by the preferential margin, with no effect on the price for the purpose of awarding the contract.
The percentage of the preferential margin to be applied must be indicated in the tender documents.
In the case of a contract for which the quality evaluation is based solely on the quality measurement, the Chief Electoral Officer must ascertain that there is enough competition to allow for the application of the first paragraph.