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Comelec slams door to pleas to blacklist Smartmatic


An election watchdog group seeking the blacklisting of Smartmatic from any participation in the 2016 presidential balloting may have to seek recourse from higher courts.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Comelec set to rule on who’ll service PCOS machines


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hand down by Tuesday its decision on whether to bid out a contract to refurbish 80,000 voting machines or tap technology partner Smartmatic International for the job. Smartmatic claims to have exclusive rights over the equipment it had sold to the Comelec.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Only 2 firms submit bid, Smartmatic questioned


MANILA, Philippines—Only Smartmatic-TIM Corp. and Indra Sistemas submitted bid proposals for the lease of 23,000 optical mark reader (OMR) machines to be used as supplement to the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to be used in the 2016 elections despite a total of five companies purchasing the bidding documents. On Thursday, the Commission on […]

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Comelec junks petition to blacklist Smartmatic

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The Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) bids and awards committee (BAC) on Thursday denied the petition of several groups seeking to blacklist election technology provider Smartmatic International from joining the public bidding for the 2016 automated election system (AES).

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Smartmatic hits back at foes


Election technology provider Smartmatic on Tuesday accused its competitors and advocates of the old manual voting system as those behind the move to discredit and have the company blacklisted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »