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Ballot samples test conducted as short-listed suppliers are questioned

from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.2, No.27
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One thousand (1,000) ballot samples were tested at the National Printing Office (NPO) on October 11 and 12, 2012, through the recommendation of the Comelec. The NPO was instructed to have the ballot samples tested if they will be read and accepted by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. Comelec required this testing before the contract is awarded to the winning bidder for paper ballots and security printing.

The budget for the project is PhP 784,000,000.00.

Prior to the testing, the NPO conducted a bidding conference for the supply of ballot papers, and the winning bidder was the joint venture of Holy Family Inc. and Canon Marketing Philippines. Other suppliers that participated in the bidding were Smartmatic-TIM Corp., and the joint venture consisting of ePDS (a PLDT subsidiary) for security printing ; Advance Group of Companies for paper supply; Hewlett Packard for digital printers; and ASA Color Inks for the ultraviolet security ink of the ballots.

Protest

Two disqualified bidders, Smartmatic and PLDT Consortium, were reported to have filed their protest against the NPO - Bids & Awards Committee (BAC) decision, and to declare the Canon-Holy Family Inc. joint venture as ineligible. Smartmatic said that the joint venture falsified statements on its single largest contract with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), after securing a communication from the latter that it has not entered into a contract that amounted to PhP 100,000,000.00, specifically with Holy Family, Inc. The NPO-BAC required the bidders to present their single largest contract that is not lower that PhP 192 million.
 
 
 
 
 
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