Palace still hopeful 2010 poll automation will push through

June 30, 2009 9:11 am 

MANILA, June 30 — Malacanang today expressed optimism that the automation of the 2010 elections will push through even after the Filipino partner of the winning bidder reported to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) its intention to back out from the project.

In a media briefing this afternoon, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Malacanang is really concerned on this development as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has long been pushing for poll modernization, one of her priority programs to ensure the conduct of honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections next year.

“The President is for full poll automation. We said that from the very beginning and we are happy that Congress passed the bill and Comelec did its best to ensure its implementation,” Remonde said.

Remonde appealed to the Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) and winning bidder Smartmatic International to reconcile their differences in the interest of the successful implementation of the poll automation.

Remonde is hoping the issue can still be resolved by the Comelec, an independent Constitutional body, trusting that whatever decision it may take will be good for the country’s electoral system. (PNA)

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