AFTER questioning the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to award portion of a refurbishment contract to Smartmatic-TIM, Sen. Aquilino ”Koko” Pimentel 3rd on Wednesday asked the poll body to look into various issues concerning another technology provider that is also eyeing the P2-billion contract to supply additional vote counting machines for 2016.
Pimentel, who heads the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Automated Election System, was referring to Indra Sistemas, a technology provider from Spain, and the only rival of the Smartmatic-TIM for the supply of additional 23,000 units of Optical Mark Reader (OMR) machines needed by the Comelec for the 2016 polls.
The senator said Comelec should look into the matter, considering that Indra Sistemas is one of the bidders offering to automate the country’s election system and must ensure that the company is not subject to the influence of the Spanish government, which is said to have a stake in it.
Pimentel added that he wants the Comelec to look into the reported “incompetence” of Indra Sistemas that led to termination of a contract with Albania.
The Bids and Awards Committee of the poll body had declared that Indra Sistemas is eligible to bid for the P2-billion contract for the supply of additional OMR machines for 2016.