Lawmaker mulls reversal of poll decision to purchase Smartmatic’s VCMs

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In December 2017, the Comelec en banc decided to purchase the precinct count optical scanner (PCOS) machines worth more than P2-billion.

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Nancy Binay wants to determine if there are possible ways to reverse the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to purchase the same vote counting machines (VCMs) used in the 2016 automated elections.

“Maganda tingnan ngayon kung paano natin mababawi o pwede pa bang i-cancel ang kontrata at panibagong sistema yung kukunin,” said Binay.

(It would be good to look into how we can take back or cancel the contract and get a new system instead.)

In December 2017, the Comelec en banc decided to purchase the precinct count optical scanner (PCOS) machines worth more than P2-billion.

The senator also called on Malacañang to fill in the vacant posts in the Comelec en banc to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, Senator Vicente Sotto III clarified that what he exposed regarding the irregularities in the 2016 elections has no connection with the issues of any political party or group.

The senator further said the integrity of the VCMs is now questionable and needs to be resolved, especially now that the 2019 midterm election is drawing near.

“Ang punto ko lang is pumasok na naman ang ating gobyerno sa Smartmatic na unaresolve pa yung mga problema at itong bring-up kong problema ay kakaiba pa ito,” said Sotto. 

(My point is, our government made another contract with Smartmatic again while pending issues, apart from the ones I brought up, are still unresolved.) — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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