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Comelec junks appeal of another bidder

Posted on: May 20, 2009

Comelec junks appeal of another bidder

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:14:00 05/20/2009

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

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied another appeal by a disqualified bidder for the P11.2-billion election automation project.

The Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) rejected the motion for reconsideration of the consortium of Sequoia Voting Systems and Universal Storefront Services Corp. because the company had not been in existence for at least three years, as required by the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPBB), the SBAC said in a resolution.

The consortium also failed to submit its Income Tax Return, as stated in the bidding requirements, the SBAC said.

“We are hesitant to throw caution to the wind in this historic nationwide automation of Philippine elections,” it said.

On Thursday, the Comelec will decide on the motion of the last disqualified bidder that filed an appeal, the consortium of Gilat Sattelite Networks, FF Cruz & Co., and Filipinas Systems, SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said.

Only one consortium, lead by Smartmatic, has qualified to bid for the project. But it has to pass a technical evaluation of its machines and further inspection of its bid documents.

In denying the Sequoia consortium’s appeal, the SBAC cited the Comelec’s contract with the Mega Pacific Consortium for the botched 2004 election automation, which was rescinded by the Supreme Court due to irregularities.

Like the Sequia consortium, the SBAC said that Mega Pacific’s partners — Election.com, Wesolv, SK Cec, e-PLDT, and Oracle – did not meet the three-year requirement set by the GPBB.

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