Comelec asked to set new bid for PCOS units

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[/caption] House Assistant Majority Leader Karlo Alexei Nograles said it would not hurt the Comelec to conduct a deeper legal scrutiny on its decision to exercise its option to purchase arrangement with Smartmatic in light of some legal opinion that this could be contrary to pertinent procurement laws. “There is wisdom in the observations of some legal minds that since the contract with Smartmatic may have already lapsed, perhaps the more prudent procedure to follow is to conduct new public bidding to make way for other interested suppliers,” Nograles said. The decision of the Comelec to exercise its “option to purchase” the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from Smartmatic which were leased by the government for the 2010 national elections is being questioned by several sectors, including Davao City Archbishop Fernando Capalla who said that the “subject” of the original contract only pertained to the 2010 elections. “Of course, Smartmatic can bid again and there wouldn’t be any problem if Smartmatic gets the contract anew because this time it would be done through open, proper and competitive bidding,” Nograles said. “Anyway, there’s still time. Comelec can still conduct a new bidding so as to erase all doubts and avoid all these legal questions,” he said. ]]>

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