More firms buy bid documents–Comelec
Posted March 19, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:56:00 03/19/2009
Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Six of the 10 companies that have expressed interest to join the bidding for the automation of the elections have secured bid documents from the poll body, the spokesperson of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
The Comelec is expecting more companies to buy its terms of reference-request for proposal (TOR/RFP) for the P11.3-billion poll automation project, added Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.
The bid documents, which is worth P1 million, details the specifications and requirements for the automated election system (AES) for the 2010 polls.
“The poll body sees high level of interest in the poll automation project for 2010 and the number of interested bidders, with now six firms buying the TOR/RFP, reflects this level of interest,” Jimenez said, citing documents of the Special Bidding and Awards Committee (SBAC) secretariat.
On Monday, four companies have bought the bid documents. They were Syrex Corp./Scantron, Avante International Technology Inc., DVS Philippines-Samsung and Smartmatic through local partner Total Information Technology (TIM), SBAC documents showed.
On Tuesday, Sequoia-Universal Storefront Services and Indra Systems were among the companies listed to have secured the bid documents.
Avante and Smartmatic were suppliers of direct recording electronic and optical machine recording technologies used during the 2008 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao elections.
Other companies that have expressed interest in the poll automation bid are Hart, ES/S from the United States, DRS of the United Kingdom, Bharat of India, and Gilat Solutions of Israel.
The Comelec plans to lease and deploy 80,000 precinct count optical scan machines nationwide.
On March 27, Comelec will hold a pre-bid conference that will allow vendors to clarify provisions in the TOR/RFP.