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Comelec gets P1.59-B biometrics bid

Posted on: August 27, 2009

Comelec gets P1.59-B biometrics bid

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 21:44:00 08/26/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) bids and awards committee (BAC) recommended on Wednesday a P1.59 billion bid for a biometrics project aimed at cleansing the poll body’s computerized voters list (CVL).

The bid was submitted by Unison, a joint venture composed of Unison Computer Systems, NEC Philippines and Lamco Paper Products.

The poll body’s BAC, chaired by lawyer Maria Lea Alarkon, recommended Unison to handle the project after complying with requirements and tendering the lowest calculated responsive bid, according to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

The bid covers the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) to detect multiple records in the CVL and additional 2,000 biometrics machines to be deployed in election offices nationwide, Jimenez said.

Alarkon, meanwhile, denied allegations that the BAC went out of its way to favor Unison’s bid over a rival joint venture between Strategic Alliance Holdings Inc. (SAHI) and Bangladesh-based Tiger IT.

Comelec earlier “post-disqualified” SAHI-Tiger IT’s bid of P1.2 billion after its proposed system failed accuracy tests.

The BAC has notified Unison to deliver all the necessary requirements for review and it passed both legal, technical and post qualification stages.

“Through AFIS and biometrics capturing, we can catch multiple or double registration records and come up with a purged voter’s list after the 2010 elections,” Jimenez said.

“A purged voter’s list through the AFIS system is possible in the 2013 elections. Right now, about 25 million of the existing 48 million existing voters have no biometrics records with us yet and in turn, new applicants are still enlisting,” he added.

“Hence, the best time to purge the list is after the 2010 polls,” he stressed.

The P1.6 billion CVL cleansing project of Comelec includes: validation of existing registration records using biometrics worth P300 million; online data submission and synchronization system at P50 million; AFIS matching and AFIS server applications at P1 billion; and the voter ID generation at P250 million.

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