03/06/2014 01:58 EST | Updated 05/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia government phone contract bid on hold after bidder complains

HALIFAX - A multimillion-dollar tender to provide the Nova Scotia government with landline telephones is on hold after a complaint was raised about the process to buy them.

The cabinet minister responsible for the government's information management system says a bidder raised an objection about the three-year contract, valued at $6 million to $8 million a year.

Labi Kousoulis wouldn't release details about the complaint, except to say it was procedural and not criminal in nature.

He says an internal government audit will review the tender with the help of an independent telecommunications expert.

The review is expected to take four to six weeks to complete.