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Watchdog group wants Smartmatic out of bidding


MANILA, Philippines–An election watchdog group has urged the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) to bar the company that has provided the country’s automated election machines from joining the new bid to supply 23,000 more voting machines worth over P2 billion and service the 82,000 units the Commission on Election had earlier bought from the company. […]

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Watchdog group opposes more poll machines from Smartmatic


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been urged to ban Smartmatic-TIM from bidding to supply some 23,000 additional precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines, worth over P2 billion, and servicing the 82,000 units bought earlier from the company, which will cost the government another P1.2 billion.

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Probe of poll execs sought

A poll watchdog has asked the Ombudsman to investigate three commissioners of the Commission on Elections led by its chairman, Sixto Brillantes Jr., for culpability in the “serious glitches” that marred the recent elections.

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Raps filed vs ex-poll execs, Smartmatic


A poll watchdog group has filed graft and corruption charges with the Ombudsman against former officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) led by former Chairman Jose Melo and officers of Smartmatic and Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) for “imperiling” the 2010 and 2013 elections with the use of “highly suspect” and “terribly faulty” precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Posted: June 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC junks bid to bar Brillantes, 2 election commissioners from resolving poll protests

Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition to prevent Chairman Sixto Brillantes and two other commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from participating in the resolution of election protests emanating from the May 13 polls.

Posted: June 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »