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Comelec set to sign specs for automation bid

Posted on: March 11, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:21:00 03/11/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Technology (general)

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to sign a resolution on the terms of reference (TOR) for the bidding of automated machines for the 2010 elections, an official said during a forum on Wednesday.

The TOR has been approved “in principle” on March 10, Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento said.

He said that only two provisions were being deliberated on by the Comelec en banc, including one that dealt with cases when the winning bidder fails the required testing for automated machines.

One of the issues that hounded the canceled P1.3 billion Mega Pacific poll automation project in 2007 involved the failure of automated machines in several tests conducted by the Department of Science and Technology.

“Hopefully, we have the resolution for the TOR released on March 11,” Sarmiento added.

The TOR includes required specifications for the precinct count optical scan machines that will be deployed nationwide, Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento also pointed out that a bill has been filed in Congress to televise the demonstration of voting machines at the House of Representatives.

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