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Only four poll automation bidders left

Posted on: May 5, 2009

Only four poll automation bidders left

Sequoia-USSC dropped from bid
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:25:00 05/05/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Technology (general), Government, Government Contracts

MANILA, Philippines—After Tuesday’s deliberations, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) declared another bidder ineligible for the P11.2 billion automation contract.

SBAC evaluated the bid proposals of Sequoia Voting Systems-Universal Storefront Services Corp. (USSC), which failed to submit an import-export license resulting in its disqualification.

“SBAC ruled unanimously considering the bid documents required the submission of import and export license and the bidder [Sequoia and USSC] does not have an accreditation as an importer and no written explanation why there was no accreditation, we ruled that the bidder is ineligible,” said SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan.

With the decision, only four bidders would be evaluated namely Smartmatic-Total Information Management Inc. group; Syrex Corp-Anishin Inc. Philippines; AMA Group of Companies-Election System and Software; and Gilat-FF Cruz and Co. Inc.

Without submitting a license to import, Sequoia said the corporation was never planning to import any component. It also said partner USSC has submitted its own import registration issued by the Bureau of Customs.

During the first day of bidding on Monday, the SBAC disqualified the bid proposals of Avante International Consortium and Indra Systems-Hart Intercivic consortium.

Avante was disqualified for failing to submit eligibility documents that stated the completion of one or three previous contracts worth P5.6 billion. Meanwhile, Indra’s PCOS provider failed to submit an ISO 9000 certification, which was a requirement under the bid terms.

Sequoia, together with the first two disqualified bidders, said they would file a motion for reconsideration within three days after the SBAC ruling.

Rafanan said his committee would finish evaluating the pre-qualification requirements of the remaining four bidders for the contract “hopefully until Wednesday.”

The automation contract worth P11,223,618,400 would deploy 82,000 precinct count optical scan machines nationwide to automate the counting and canvassing of votes including the transmission.

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