Thursday, 5 March 2009

Bidding rules for Philippine poll automation ready

Emilia Narni J. David
Updated as of 3:45PM, 03/05/2009
BusinessWorld Online

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to approve this Friday the bidding guidelines for the poll automation, providing a flicker of hope for an automated 2010 elections.

In a press conference Thursday, Comelec chairman Jose R. Melo said the commission would approve the terms of reference for bidders tomorrow while still awaiting for the approval of the P11.3 billion supplemental automation budget.

“We need to move forward so we will be approving the terms of reference. However, the bidding will not start until March 25, hopefully by then we already have our budget,” said Mr. Melo.

The Comelec chairman said some 10 or 11 service providers have expressed interest to join the bidding.

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