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No failure of bidding yet–Comelec exec

Posted on: May 7, 2009

P11.2-B AUTOMATION CONTRACT
No failure of bidding yet – Comelec exec

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:32:00 05/07/2009

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

MANILA, Philippines – It is “premature” to declare a failure of bidding for the P11.2-billion election automation project even after all seven bidders were disqualified, an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

The chairman of the Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC), Ferdinand Rafanan, said the body was waiting for appeals from the bidders, two of which — Indra Sistemas S.A. and Avante International – were expected to file their appeals on Thursday.

“The bidding is still ongoing so it is premature to say we have failure of bidding. The SBAC has yet to judge the motion for reconsideration to be filed by the bidders. We need to see their motions [for reconsideration] first and then come up with a decision by early next week,” Rafanan told INQUIRER.net

“Let us wait for the SBAC decision by early next week before sounding the alarms and mouthing there is failure in the bidding,” he said.

Asked if the situation would result in a return to manual voting Rafanan said, “These things are considered as contingency plans but it is premature to sound the alarms yet because there is no failed bidding yet.”

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