Plaint vs poll bidding baseless – Comelec

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday took a swipe at a petition for certiorari filed by former Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman Homobono Adaza, describing as baseless the complaint to stop bidding for the Automated Election System (AES) to be used in the national elections in 2016.

According to Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, issues raised against Smartmatic had been resolved before the Supreme Court (SC).

He said the Adaza  petition cannot even offer concrete proof against the company, which provided Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used in the 2010 and 2013 automated elections.

On Wednesday, Adaza and Jonathan Sinel filed the 19-page petition for certiorari before the High Court, asking them to stop the Comelec bidding for the procurement of additional 23, 000 (AESs) for the 2016 polls.


The petitioners said  the bidding should be aborted until “several important issues” pertaining to the 2010 elections are resolved.

They also questioned the Comelec’s plan to recycle the 80,000 PCOS machines that will be used for the 2016 polls.

Tagle said they are ready to comment on the supposed issues if the court asks them to do so.

He, however, added that they are going to push through with submission of the bidding requirements on December 4.

Due to  various petitions filed against the Comelec bydifferent groups, Tagle said their preparations for the 2016 balloting is being derailed.

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