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Comelec approves NPO procurement of ballot printing services

from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.2, No.28
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For the supply and printing of official ballots for the 2013 elections, the Comelec upheld the awarding of the contract to the Holy Family Printing Corp. (HFPC) and Canon Marketing Philippines by the National Printing Office (NPO).

NPO was criticized by other suppliers, Smartmatic-TIM Corp. and ePDS (a consortium of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, PLDT) for awarding the contract to HFPC despite the latter’s alleged false declaration of its single largest contract during the opening of bids. The suppliers, particularly Snartmatic-TIM, also lambasted NPO for awarding HFPC the contract in spite of the negative result of the sample ballot test.

Comelec, on the other hand, said that there are no irregularities with NPO’s procurement process, from the bidding up to the awarding of the contract. The poll body further affirmed that the NPO ballot test yielded a positive result. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez stressed that they are allowing the NPO, being the expert, to take charge in the printing of ballots. Should issues be encountered in relation to the official ballots, the poll body will then “intervene,” he added.

(Various news sources)
 
 
 
 
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