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Comelec to spend P8B for lease of 93,000 new machines

MANILA (Mabuhay) – About P8 billion will be spent for the lease of more than 93,000 optical mark reader (OMR) machines for the 2016 elections. The lease contract was awarded to Smartmatic, the same technology provider for the 2010 and […]
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Palace hoping SC can resolve cases vs. automated polls soonest

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday voiced hopes the Supreme Court can resolve soonest the cases challenging the automated elections for May 2016. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also defended the Commission on Elections’ drive to encourage voter registration...
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Comelec declares failure of bidding for PCOS refurbishment

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared a failure of bidding for the refurbishment of the 81,000 old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units Tuesday morning after not receiving any bid for the contract. Three companies bought […]
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Ombudsman asked to probe Comelec-Smartmatic ‘midnight deal’

MANILA, Apr 1 (Mabuhay) — A former attorney for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked the Ombudsman to investigate the poll body for the alleged illegality of a “midnight deal” with Smartmatic for the repair, refurbishment and diagnostics of […]
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Comelec may revert to manual system in 2016 polls – exec

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Expecting a delay in the repair and refurbishment of the 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan machines, the Comelec may consider using the manual system for the 2016 national elections. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez on Thursday said “Ang […]
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IBP asks SC to void Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has asked the Supreme Court to void the agreement between the Commission on Elections and the Smartmatic-TIM for the refurbishment and repair of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to […]
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Watchdog asks SC to stop Comelec resolution for PCOS repair

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A citizens’ elections watchdog on Monday asked the Supreme Court to strike down a Commission on Elections resolution allowing Smartmatic-TIM to conduct “diagnostics, repair, and refurbishment” of 80,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to be used...
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AES Watch fears sham Comelec bidding on P2B new optical scan machines

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The election watchdog Automated Election System (AES) Watch on Tuesday expressed fears of a possible sham bidding process in connection with the acquisition of P2-billion worth of additional voting machines for use in the 2016 elections. “That […]
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Comelec chief: No budget for new PCOS machines for 2016 polls

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will no longer purchase new Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the 2016 local and national elections, its chairman said Tuesday, citing budgetary constraints. During the hearing of the […]
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Comelec still owes Smartmatic close to P200M – Brillantes

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although the automated polls has long been finished, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) still has payables amounting to almost P200 to Smartmatic International, the service provider of the more than 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines […]
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