Comelec to negotiate contracts for warehousing

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2012 05:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2012 01:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will go into negotiations for the procurement of its warehousing and transmission needs for the 2013 elections.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said based on the procurement law, the Comelec has to go into negotiated procurement since these requirements already suffered 2 failed biddings.

Brillantes said the poll body is negotiating with Smartmatic and Blue Media for transmission, while keeping the National Telecommunications Commission as a last resort.

He said the poll body is also looking for a new warehouse even as it negotiates to keep its existing lease on a warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna for the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. The poll body has P400 million it can use to build its own warehouse.

Initially the Comelec planned to build its warehouse in its planned new headquarters in Pasay City but they were discouraged because of zoning issues.

The Comelec has awarded contracts for shading pens and toner and is set to award contracts on thermal paper and modules.

It is negotiating with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to use the ballot boxes and laptops involved in the electoral protest of Mar Roxas.

Brillantes said the National Printing Office will be handling the printing and paper for the official ballots.