Comelec hands off re NPO-Smartmatic dispute

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

MANILA, Nov. 9 — The Commission on Elections has refused to intervene in the dispute between the National Printing Office and service provider Smartmatic Philippines — at least for now.

“We will let them do their thing and if something happens along the way that necessitates Comelec intervention then we will intervene. In the meantime we made a decision to give it to them so they have to sort that out,” said Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.

He noted that under the law it is the NPO’s job to print the ballots

Jimenez said they are not totally or do not have knowledge on what is happening as they have representatives that report to them.

“We have representatives that are constantly apprised of the situation there but to say that we would control the process I am not aware that we are doing that. In fact I know we gave it to them…but hindi naman kami bulag. We do know what’s happening and it’s just that we are letting them do this kasi sila naman talaga inutusan ng batas,” he added.

Smartmatic is the supplier of the more than 80,000 precinct count optical scan machines that will be used in the 2013 midterm polls.

The machines were first used in the 2010 presidential elections. (PNA)

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