The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday declared a failure of the second bidding for the refurbishment of the 81,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines it owns after the lone bidder was found ineligible for submitting a noncompliant bid. In a resolution, Comelec special bids and awards committee 2 (SBAC 2) declared the joint venture of Dermalog, Avante and Stone of David ineligible. It then declared a failure of bidding for the “supply and delivery of the refurbishment (with systems upgrade) of the existing PCOS machines, its consumables and ballots for the May 9, 2016, national, local and ARMM elections.”
Earlier, on June 30, the Comelec declared a failure of bidding for the refurbishment of the PCOS machines because “nobody submitted a bid. Three companies bought bid documents but none of them submitted a bid. Under the rules, that’s equivalent to a failure of bidding,” said the SBAC 2 at the time.
The three companies that had purchased bid documents were Smartmatic, Indra Sistemas S.A. and Vertex Business Applications Inc.
SBAC 2 chair Jubil Surmieda told reporters on Saturday that Dermalog had been given three days to file a motion for reconsideration. He said the SBAC 2 would have seven days to resolve the motion before it submits a report to the Comelec en banc.
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