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Winning Comelec bidder picked in July

THE Philippines is likely to have the machines for the 2016 national and local elections as the Commission on Elections plans to award the contract to acquire them to the winning bidder on July 30, an official said Friday.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said many companies were interested to join the bidding while the Comelec was all set to conduct the bidding for 100,000 Optical Mark Reader units and the repair of 81,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan machines.

 “The Comelec expects to award the winning bidder and issue a notice to proceed by July 30,” Jimenez said.

During the special en banc meeting on Thursday, the Comelec’s top officials discussed the terms of reference that the bidders would have to comply with for the bidding,

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista is in Rome on an official trip and is expected to return next week.

Jimenez said the commissioners had yet to issue the final terms of reference, and that they had yet to approve two separate terms of reference for the repair of the PCOS machines and the procurement of 100,000 Optical Mark Reader units.

He said the commissioners were looking to continue discussing terms of reference on Tuesday.

“We want to make sure we don’t mis-step. The TOR has lots of details to be settled,” Jimenez said.

He said the latest schedule for the documents and pre-procurement conference was still either on May 25 or 27.

The pre-procurement conference is an internal meeting among different elements of the Comelec to finalize the TOR. These groups include the  Comelec Bids and Awards Committee, the technical working groups and the media.

“We hope that many companies will participate in this big project. We want to have many bidders to choose from so it will be better for us  and the Filipino people,” Jimenez said

He said even if the terms of reference were yet to be approved, the Comelec was still on track to automate the election system for the 2016 elections.

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