Smartmatic is the lone eligible bidder for DRE technology — Comelec-BAC

December 16, 2014 11:35 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Dec. 16 (PNA) — After declaring its competitor as ineligible, Smartmatic–Total Information Management (TIM) Corporation is now the only eligible bidder for the supply of the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines for the 2016 national and local elections.

This is after the Commission on Elections (Comelec)– Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) declared the joint venture of Scytl Secured Electronic Voting and Vibal Group Inc. ineligible to be the possible provider of the technology.

“As such, the joint venture of Smartmatic–TIM Corporation is eligible to bid in the Second-Stage of the competitive bidding for the lease of DRE technology,” Comelec–BAC Chairperson Helen Aguila-Flores said during the bidding proceeding of the DRE lease project Tuesday.

The BAC’s decision on Smartmatic-TIM was 3-2 vote while the ruling on Scytl-Vibal was unanimous.

Based on the assessment of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Comelec–BAC, Smartmatic–TIM was able to satisfy the project’s requirements in its initial Technical Proposal.

But the Venezuela-based company’s Articles of Incorporation was questioned and received a 7-7 vote from the TWG.

On the other hand, the TWG ruled that the technical proposal of Scytl-Vibal failed to meet the initial technical specifications of the project and to show its tax clearance while also submitting insufficient documents on their Sworn Statement on Ongoing and Completed Contracts.

Both companies submitted their Eligibility Requirements and Initial Technical Proposals for the Comelec’s lease project of 410 touch screen voting technology units.

Scytl-Vibal has the option to file a motion for reconsideration (MR) questioning the decision. (PNA)



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