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SC sets parameters in poll automation case

Posted on: July 28, 2009

SC sets parameters in poll automation case

By Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:30:00 07/28/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has directed the parties in the nullification case against the P7.2-billion election automation contract to focus their discussions on whether the deal did not violate laws on computerized elections.

The tribunal came up with the advisory in connection with the oral arguments scheduled for Wednesday afternoon on the petition of the Concerned Citizens’ Movement against the Commission on Elections’ contract with partners Smartmatic International and Total Information Management (TIM)

The parties were also required to direct their arguments on whether or not the Comelec could legally waive rules and policies on accuracy standards and whether measures have been taken to ensure clean and honest elections next year.

The Supreme Court also wants to know whether measures have been taken to prevent a repeat of the Mega-Pacific scandal wherein the government lost more than P1.2 billion after the Court nullified the first poll automation contract in 2004.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said he would not attend the oral arguments, but expressed confidence that the poll body could defend its contract with Smartmatic-TIM.

With a report from Anna Valmero, INQUIRER.net

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