Three firms buy Comelec bid documents
Posted March 18, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:45:00 03/18/2009
Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections, Eleksyon 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Three companies have bought the terms of reference-request for proposal (TOR/RFP) from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), documents from the poll body showed.
These companies are Syrex Corp./Scantron, Avante International Technology Inc. and Smartmatic through local partner Total Information Technology (TIM), according to documents of the Bidding and Awards Committee (BAC) secretariat.
Avante and Smartmatic were suppliers of poll automation technologies during the 2008 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao elections.
The TOR/RFP is being offered to interested bidders from March 18 to 25.
Sequoia Voting Systems and DVS Korea were unable to secure the TOR/RFP during the first day of its availability. Both companies lacked the special power of attorney identifying the person purchasing the bidding documents, the Comelec BAC said.
Pyramid International Group was another bidder that expressed interest to purchase the bidding documents, the Comelec BAC said.
Bidders are required to pay a non-refundable bond of P1 million before they can secure the bid documents.
The bid documents details the specifications and requirements for the automated election system (AES) to be used in the 2010 elections.
Congress approved the P11.3 billion supplemental budget of the Comelec to automate the 2010 elections.
The Comelec plans to lease and deploy 80,000 precinct count optical scan machines nationwide, Comelec chairman Jose Melo said in an earlier report.