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Comelec: No failure of bidding

Posted on: May 5, 2009

POLL AUTOMATION
Comelec: No failure of bidding

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:07:00 05/05/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, State Budget & Taxes

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) allayed fears that there might be a failure of bidding for the automation of the 2010 elections after it disqualified two bidders for the project.

“While some camps still speculate there will be failure of bidding, more so that there were two bidders disqualified in eligibility, they must see that this level of strictness proves that the Comelec is serious in doing its job at this early stage of procuring machines that will automate the 2010 elections,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.

The Comelec’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) will disqualify bidders as early as the pre-qualification process if they fail to submit the required documents, SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said.

Bidders will also be evaluated based on their capacity to handle the project, technical capability, and their financial proposal, which should not exceed P11,223,618,400, as set by law, Rafanan said.

“We are using the pass or fail system in evaluating bidders,” he said.

The Comelec aims to award the contract no later than May 22, with the contract signing set on May 19 to 23.

During the opening of bids on Monday, the SBAC disqualified Avante International Consoritum and Indra Systems Consortium for failure to comply with bid requirements.

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