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Comelec chief backs purchase of PCOS machines for 2013 polls 06/03/2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Comelec chief backs purchase of PCOS machines for 2013 polls

06/03/2011
Buying the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) units used in the country’s first-ever nationwide automated balloting last year would be a much cheaper option than scouting for and acquiring new technology and machines for the 2013 elections, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes has told the Senate last Tuesday.

Brillantes told the Senate committee on local government hearing that the government “can definitely save much” if it exercises the option to purchase the PCOS machines it had leased from Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. (Smartmatic-TIM), the technology and equipment provider tapped by the poll body to automate the May 2010 national and local elections.

“So we have to actually decide once and for all within the next few months whether in 2013, we would still exercise that option to purchase or look for a new provider,” Brillantes said during the hearing. “If we look for a new provider, then the cost would actually jump up.”.... MORE

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