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3 firms appeal bids for poll automation

Posted on: May 8, 2009

3 firms appeal bids for poll automation

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:29:00 05/08/2009

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

MANILA, Philippines –Three of seven companies who were disqualified from bidding for the P11.3-billion election automation project have filed motions for reconsideration before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the official overseeing the bidding said.

The three companies that filed appeals were Avante International consortium, Indra Systems-Hart Intercivic consortium, and Sequoia Voting Systems-Universal Storefront Services Corp. (USSC) consortium, said Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) Chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said.

“We expect to receive until Monday other appeals from the remaining four bidders. We expect all of them to file motion for reconsideration,” Rafanan told INQUIRER.net.

Rafanan said the SBAC would decide on the appeals by Tuesday or Wednesday, and if any of the appeals were considered, the bidding could be reopened by Wednesday or Thursday.

The SBAC chairman again dismissed observations that there was a failure of bidding, saying the appeals process was ongoing.

“If none of the appeals were reconsidered, then that is only the time we declare a failure of bidding,” he said.

Rafanan said the reopening of bids would cause a “slight delay” in the awarding of the contract to “before the end of May.”

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Makati Chapter director Arwin Serrano, who is observing the bidding, said he was “hopeful the SBAC will reconsider the appeals and from which, one will emerge eligible for the automation project.”

Rafanan said it was up for the Comelec en banc to decide on what to do with the P11.3-billion budget in case there was a failure of bidding.

The other four bidders that have yet to file appeals include 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.

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