The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to begin the repair and refurbishment of the over 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines on March 16.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said Smartmatic – Total Information Management (TIM) Corporation will be in charge of the project, which is expected to be finished in August.
“We are looking to start the project on March 16 and it will run for five months,” he said.
The poll body official noted that the project has no second phase.
“The expanded scope now requires Smartmatic-TIM to conduct all repairs and to replace irreparable units. Previously, the subsequent phase would involve the major repairs,” Jimenez explained.
He added that the earlier announcement of retiring Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes last February 2, that the project will start within that week, was changed since they are “still the preparing the site.”
The P268.8 million contract with Smartmatic-TIM include the diagnostics, the minor and major repairs of the voting machines, as well as replacement of units, if needed.
Last December 23, the Comelec en banc decided to forego public bidding and instead directly contract the multinational company for the refurbishing project.
The Comelec has approved the recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) to re-use the old PCOS machines last year. PNA