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SAYS POLL EXEC Redundant tests for poll machines

Posted on: April 29, 2009

SAYS POLL EXEC
Redundant tests for poll machines

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:16:00 04/29/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Technology (general)

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the poll machines that would be used in 2010 would undergo redundant tests, an official said.

Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said once a winning bidder is awarded the contract for the automated election system (AES), there would be five end-to-end tests for the system, including the counting and consolidating units, before it is accepted by the Comelec.

“The Comelec, in accordance to its mandate to hold clean, honest automated elections in 2010 will hold five tests for the machines before they are used for the May 10, 2010 electins. These include lab test, field test, mock elections, transmission test, and final testing and sealing of the AES system—all involving end-to-end test and evaluation,” said Rafanan.

The poll executive said these tests hopes to allay fears and doubts about the poll automation project.

“Through these tests, the Comelec will make sure the AES components, transmission and overall project management comply to set specifications,” he said.

Rafanan said companies that have formed a consortium would have joint and separate liabilities to account for the technology and implementation of its poll automation system.

This would prevent failure of the projects like what happened in 2004 with the Mega Pacific consortium, he added.

Ten groups secured bid documents from the poll body. They were Smartmatic-Total Information Management, Avante International Technology Inc., Syrex Corp.-Scantron, DVS Philippines-Samsung, Indra Systems S.A., Sequoia-Universal Storefront Services Co., All Data International Inc., Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., AMA Group Holdings Corp.-Election Systems and Software International Inc. and Mega Data Corp.

Opening of bids is set on May 4, 10a.m. at the third floor of Palacio del Gobernador building in Intramuros.

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