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  • Smartmatic wins P1.7 Bn voting machine contract    
    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the awarding to Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) of the contract to lease 23,000 optical mark reader (OMR) machines for the 2016 polls. In Resolution No. 2015-004, the Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee-1 (SBAC-1) has recommended the issuance of the “Notice of Award” to the joint venture for its bid offer of more than P1.7 billion. SBAC-1 had disqualified Smartmatic-TIM twice after it found the joint venture’s bid documents to be “non-responsive” as they did not contain Articles of Incorporation and actual bid price offer. The Comelec approved the joint venture’s appeal for reconsideration. The Comelec also declared a failure the joint venture’s demonstration of its machines during the post qualification stage of the bidding. But when the joint venture protested, the poll body relented.

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