Comelec welcomes SC decision on Smartmatic

February 27, 2013 11:12 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 27 — The Commission on Elections applauded the decision of the Supreme Court dismissing a petition to stop it from awarding the compact flash cards contract to Smartmatic-TIM.

With this, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said the High Court’s decision should serve notice to other parties to go through the process of appealing their bids before the poll body.

“It now clarifies the process. That you cannot just go to the courts without asking first for reconsideration from the Bids and Awards Committee, or even to the commission en banc,” he said.

Brillantes added they were not surprised about the decision, saying Comelec followed the bidding rules when they gave the P46.5-million contract to Smartmatic.

On Wednesday, the High Tribunal ruled that it does not have any jurisdiction over the case filed by LDLA, the losing bidder in the multi-million contract.

The petitioner accused the Comelec of “grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction” when it awarded the CF cards to the winning bidder.

The decision added that LDLA did not avail itself of the remedies provided by the law and that the court is without jurisdiction to hear the petition. (PNA)

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