Time running out for Comelec

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is running out of time in its preparations for next year’s election but the poll body has yet to make a final decision on how to carry out the electoral exercise.

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The poll body will have to decide whether to push through with the refurbishment of 81,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines or to lease 71,000 new OMR units.

According to Commissioner Richard Lim, the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) remains hopeful that the old PCOS machines will still be used.

“Ayaw pa bitawan ng CAC yung refurbishment. Ang sa kanila naman yung point is sayang naman yung existing PCOS machines (The CAC does not want to let go of the refurbishment project. They think it would be a pity if the machines will not be used),” Lim said.

He added that despite the time pressure, the CAC is still weighing things will come up with a resolution by Friday.

Meanwhile, Lim said negotiations for the refurbishment of PCOS machines will continue even if the bidding for the project was declared a failure.

“We will invite all the bidders, and they will give their best and final offer. The negotiations may last until first week of September,” the Comelec official aid.

The joint venture of Dermalog, Avante, and Stone of David was the lone participant in the second refurbishment bidding. However, it was disqualified for submitting non-compliant bids.

Lim said in case the PCOS refurbishment does not push through, they will resort to leasing 71,000 new optical mark readers (OMRs).

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