Comelec OKs appeals of 4 poll automation bidders

14 05 2009

The motions for reconsideration filed by four bidders in the automation of the 2010 elections were granted on Wednesday by the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The four bidders are: Indira Elections Consortium; Total Information Management Corp and its partner, Netherlands-based Smartmatic; AMA Group of Companies/Election Systems and Software (ES&S); and, Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd..

The SBAC review of their eligibility and technical qualifications will resume on Friday.

Comelec director and SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said they are still on track despite the delay in the awarding of the contracts for poll automation.

Rafanan said they will be able to award the contract to the winning bidder in the automation of the 2010 elections by the end of the month.

The eligibility and technical requirements review will then be followed by a financial review. The machines of the lowest bidder will then be checked by the Comelec.

The SBAC last week declared as “ineligible” the seven consortia that bid for the P11.3 billion poll computerization after failing to submit some required documents. With a report from Timi Nubla, ABS-CBN News

as of 05/14/2009 11:29 AM

Source: ABS-CBN online news

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