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WITH FIVE BID PROPOSALS LEFT Comelec to finish bids on May 6

Posted on: May 5, 2009

Comelec to finish bids on May 6

2 bidders disqualified
By Anna Valmero, Kristine L. Alave, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:50:00 05/05/2009

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

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) will finish the bidding for the poll body’s P11.2 billion automation contract no later than Wednesday, an official said.

SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said his committee would finish evaluating the pre-qualification requirements of the remaining five bidders for the contract “hopefully until midnight of Tuesday.”

Rafanan added: “It is not a big problem if the bidding is finished on Wednesday because the body can conduct the bidding until May 7,” which is also the first day of technical demonstration of machines from the bidder with lowest calculated bid.

The remaining five bidders are Sequoia Voting Systems-Universal Storefront Services group; Smartmatic-Technology Management Inc. group; Syrex Corp-Anishin Inc.-Amalgamated Metro Philippines; AMA Group of Companies-Election System and Software; and Gilat-FF Cruz and Co. Inc.

During the first day of bidding on Monday, the SBAC has disqualified the bid proposals of Avante International Consoritum and Indra Systems Consortium “for failure to comply with bid requirements as stated in the terms of reference and request for proposal.”

Rafanan said Avante failed to submit an eligibility document showing that it had a previous contract or three separate contracts worth P5.6 billion or half of the Comelec’s automation project.

For Indra, Rafanan said the consortium has submitted an ISO 9000 certification document from a consoritum non-member. The ISO certification is required for the bidder company, whether single or joint venture, which will manufacture the precinct count optical scan machines.

Rafanan said Indra stated it planned to subcontract the PCOS manufacturing to Ayala Group’s semiconductor firm Integrated Microelectronics Inc.

But Rafanan reiterated that the SBAC clearly specified on the bid documents that the PCOS, a major component of the automation contract, should be provided by the bidder consortium member and not by a subcontractor or a non-member.

Both companies filed a motion for reconsideration with the SBAC, which Rafanan said would be taken into consideration by the committee before it makes a final decision.

The Indra-Hart-SAHI consortium was the second firm to be disqualified from the bidding.

The Comelec is targeting to announce the lowest qualifying bidder on May 21.


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