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Poll exec denies P2M bribe in automation bid

Critics told, get ready for libel suits
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:59:00 05/29/2009

Filed Under: Computing & Information Technology, Eleksyon 2010, Graft & Corruption

MANILA, Philippines—An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied allegations that the bids committee for the P11.2 billion automation deal was bribed by the lone qualifying bidder.

“I deny that categorically,” Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Comelec continues tests on poll machine

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:43:00 05/29/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) continued its technical evaluation on the poll machines of lone qualifying bidder Smartmatic-Total Information Management Friday.

Officials said the bidder has so far passed 24 out of 26 technical criteria, including the critical accuracy rating of 99.9995 percent required in reading ballot marks, Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said. Read the rest of this entry »

RP flu toll up to 14, says health dept

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:25:00 05/29/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s total confirmed cases of A(H1N1) infection rose to 14 after health officials confirmed four more cases on Friday.

The four new cases, all Filipinos, include a two-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man who had contact with two Taiwanese nationals, who were infected with A(H1N1) at a wedding reception in Zambales province, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding the poll automation plan

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:01:00 05/28/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines—With less than a year before the May 10, 2010 elections, the Commission on Elections is working on a tight schedule to procure the technology to automate the 2010 polls, as it comes to the final leg of the bidding process for the P11.2 billion automation project.

As of this writing, lone qualifying bidder, which is a consortium of Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM), is conducting a demonstration of its machines and the different components needed to run an automated election as part of a technical evaluation required by the poll body. Read the rest of this entry »

Smoke comes out of a poll machine

But poll exec satisfied with demo
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:16:00 05/28/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines–The demonstration and technical evaluation of poll machines at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) momentarily stopped after a test machine “supposedly caught fire.”

The Special Bids and Awards Committee Technical Working Group was evaluating the precinct count optical scan poll machines of lone qualifying bidder Smartmatic and Total Information Management on Thursday as part of the bid evaluation for the P11.2 billion automation deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Philippines now has 10 H1N1 cases

DoH confirms 4 new cases

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:35:00 05/28/2009

Filed Under: Diseases, Health, Swine Flu

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Four more people were confirmed to be infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, bringing to 10 the total number of confirmed cases of the disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Thursday.

Duque said the four new patients had contact with two Taiwanese nationals at a wedding in Zambales province. The Taiwanese woman and her child tested positive for A(H1N1) when they returned to their country. Read the rest of this entry »

Poll machines undergo stress tests
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 10:51:00 05/28/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Technology (general)

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections is making sure the poll machines can pass its “high accuracy of 99.9995 percent” in reading ballot marks before it is allowed to be used in the 2010 elections, an official said. Read the rest of this entry »


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