With a 3-2 vote, the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) to be an eligible bidder for the procurement of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines for the 2016 polls.
The BAC on Tuesday announced that the joint venture of Scytl Secured Electronic Voting and Vibal Group Inc. (Scytl-Vibal) has been declared ineligible to become the service provider of the DRE machines.
“As such, the joint venture of Smartmatic-TIM on is eligible to bid in the second stage of the competitive bidding for the lease of DRE technology,” Comelec’s BAC chief Helen Aguila-Flores said.
She added that the five members of the BAC “unanimously” thumbed down the eligibility of the Scytl-Vibal to be the service provider for the DRE machines.
According to an assessment of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the BAC, Scytl-Vibal failed to meet initial technical specifications of the project and to show its tax clearance.
The TWG said the bidder also submitted insufficient documents on their Sworn Statement on Ongoing and Completed Contracts.
It added that Smartmatic-TIM was able to satisfy the requirements of the project in its initial technical proposal.
The multinational company got an even 7-7 vote from the TWG for its questionable Articles of Incorporation.
Flores said Scytl-Vibal can still file a motion for reconsideration over their disqualification.
In the ongoing bidding process for the procurement of the DRE machines, it was only Smartmatic-TIM and Scytl-Vibal that had submitted their eligibility requirements and initial technical proposals for the Comelec’s lease project of 410 touch screen voting technology units.
Flores said they will now wait for the final technical specifications of the DRE project from the Comelec.
“Hopefully, the Comelec can give them to us within the first two weeks of January,” she added.