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CAC pushes for transparent bidding

Posted on: February 24, 2009

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 23:01:00 02/20/2009

MANILA, Philippines—The Commissions on Elections Advisory Council (CAC) has set out guidelines for the bidding and procurement of election machines for the 2010 automated polls.

Chairman of CAC and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said the resolution signed on February 6 contains recommendations for the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) on the bidding process for election technology.

“Compared to the 2004 elections, the 2010 election is much bigger and stakes are higher–there is a need to make the procurement process transparent,” he said.

In the resolution, the CAC recommended that bids and BAC decisions be published immediately. It also would like to allow the public to observe the bids committee meetings and bar BAC members from making any contact with prospective bidders after the procurement process has started.

Roxas-Chua III said the resolutions aim to prevent questionable bids and make BAC decisions transparent.

When asked about the bill for mandatory biometrics registration, Roxas-Chua said it would help cleanse the voters’ list and weed out multiple registration entries.

He said the Comelec could tap the CICT to assist in the biometrics registration.

“The CAC is committed to assist the Comelec to make the automation of the 2010 elections a success so we appeal to the lawmakers that they pass the bill for the supplemental budget so we can start work for automating the 2010 polls,” he said.

Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the Comelec en banc would tackle the resolution’s recommendations in their meeting next week.

The CAC was created by a provision in Republic Act 9369, which provides for the creation of an inter-agency advisory body, chaired by the CICT chairman, to recommend the most appropriate technology for the automated polls and to participate as non-voting members in the BAC.


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