Remaining 13,500 poll machines to arrive this week — Comelec
Posted February 22, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:56:00 02/22/2010
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Infotech, Elections
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said that they are expecting the delivery of the remaining 13,000 poll machines, which would be used for the May automated elections, said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.
Larrazabal, who chairs the steering committee on automation, said that the 13,580 units of the Precinct Count Optical Scan-Optical Mark Reader (PCOS-OMR), including the 6,380 standby units, are in transit to the country and are set to arrive February 26, two days ahead of the scheduled delivery deadline.
The arrival of the remaining units would complete the delivery of 82,200 poll machines in the country.
“All poll machines are shipped to the country and should be here by February 26,” Larrazabal told reporters.
Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) spokesman Gene Gregorio told INQUIRER.net that 79 percent of the total machines or 64,620 units were delivered to Comelec last month and are undergoing laboratory testing for operational and security compliance at the poll body’s warehouse in Laguna.
Gregorio added about 4,000 PCOS-OMR units, which arrived at the Bureau of Customs February 21, would be released anytime this week for delivery to Comelec’s warehouse.
Aside from the poll machines, Smartmatic-TIM has delivered servers and generators to Comelec as agreed in the contract.
Under the automation contract, Smartmatic-TIM would be fined P7.1 million pesos for every day of delay in the delivery of automation paraphernalia.