Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Philippines: 6,739 surplus poll machines | Manila Bulletin

Philippines: 6,739 surplus poll machines | Manila Bulletin:

The Commission on Elections will have a surplus of 6,739 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the May 10, 2010 polls after reconfiguring 329,389 established precincts to only 75,471 clusters, easing the pressure on the poll body in the conduct of the country’s first nationwide fully automated elections.

This as the Smartmatic-TIM Corporation, the consortium that won the bid for the supply of computers for the election, assured the Comelec that it will complete the delivery of 80,136 PCOS machines with 2,064 spare units by February 21, 2010.

Full delivery of the PCOS machines will be in compliance with the 25-page contract for the provision of an automatic election system for the May 10 polls which it had signed with the poll body on July 10, 2009.

As of December 30, 2009, Smartmatic-TIM had already delivered 7,200 machines and promised to continue the delivery at the rate of 9,600 units every week until the end of February 2010.

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