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Supreme Court bares decision on PCOS: No other option left for 2013 automation By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/16/2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Supreme Court bares decision on PCOS: No other option left for 2013 automation

By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/16/2012

Details of the Supreme Court decision on the P1.8-billion contract for the purchase of election machines for next year’s elections have been made public by the high court.

In its decision, the high court cited the deadline facing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure credible automated elections next year and emphasized that no alternative has been offered by critics which have pointed out the technical defects in the machines.

“Petitioners could not even give a plausible alternative to ensure the conduct of a successful 2013 automated elections, in the event that the Court nullifies the Deed of Sale,” the SC, through Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, said.

The tribunal added that “as the Comelec is confronted with time and budget constraints, and in view of the Comelec’s mandate to ensure free, honest, and credible elections, the ... execution of the Deed of Sale, are the more prudent choices available to the Comelec for a successful 2013 automated elections.”.... MORE

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