Smartmatic has edge – Comelec

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) admitted on Monday that technology provider Smartmatic Corp. has an edge over its competitors in today’s bidding for the P2.88 billion diagnostics, repair refurbishment and upgrading of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Also up for bidding is the lease supply with option to purchase of 123,000 brand new units of optical mark reader (OMR), a variant of PCOS, worth P12.897 billion.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez made the admission, saying the poll body is looking into a lot of practical considerations on the choice of an election system to be used next year.

“Initially, we are concerned about the bidding for (the) refurbishment (of PCOS). We might get a bidder that is responsive to the bid but does not have a track record with the machines,” Jimenez pointed out.


“Remember, the machines were manufactured especially for the Comelec, which means that literally one has a track record with the machines except the entity that made it, which is Smartmatic. So that was the concern. So if it’s given to someone who has never touched the machine, how long will it take to finish the job?” he said.

According to Jimenez, the other bidders have asked Comelec that they be given time to “reverse engineer” the machine, meaning that “they’re not going to fix it (immediately) but have to study it first before they fix it.”

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  1. jesus nazario on

    Eh di palusutin niyo uli gaya ng ginawa ni Brillantes. Para stop uli ng SC. Then what ? Palustin naman ninyo ang Smarttmatic sa lease ng daang libong new PCOS ? Para stop naman uli ng SC gaya ng pagakaka stop sa Megapacific CCOS scam noong year 2000. Di ba natin napapansin mga kababayan na puro palso ang pinapasok na modernization projects ng Comelec sa loob ng tatlong nakaraang rehimen ng Chairmen ? Pero ang gastos bilyon bilyon. Ang linaw ng pattern ng palpak across the past 15 years kaya sigurado mayroong nagmamaneho (driver) ng pattern na ito na naroroon sa loob sa loob ng 15 years na ito at nasa posisyong mamaneho (driver) ang mga ito. Hindi Chairman o Commissioner ito dahil napapalitan ito at ni walang isang puedeng tumagal sa puesto ng 15 years. Ano ang ginagawa ng resident COA sa Comelec, nagpupusoy araw araw at di nakikita ang mga palsong pinagkakagastusang napakalaki ng mga projects ba ito ? Sino itong driver na ito ? Kung di pa due to retire yan eh di medyo bata bata pang driver yan ? Tingnan natin ang organization ng Colmelec at napakadaling pinpoint yang driver-rigger na yan ! Mga kaibigang Deo Macalma o Joe Taruc paki pahulaan nga pls sa bayan kung sino itong driver na ito sa radio program ninyo.