Supreme Court affirms poll automation contract
Manila (12 February) -- THE Supreme Court (SC) has junked motions for reconsideration filed by several groups seeking to reverse its earlier decision upholding the validity of the P7.2-billion poll automation contract between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. (TIM).
Voting 13-2, justices supported a 15-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., which declares there was no irregularity and grave abuse of discretion committed by the Comelec in awarding the contract to Smartmatic-TIM.
Instead of undermining the efforts of the Comelec to transform the country's election system, the SC urged the petitioners to work hand-in-hand with the poll body to ensure the successful automation of the May 10 elections.
The decision effectively throws out all legal obstacles to the holding of the first ever nationwide automated elections on May 10. (PIA-Bohol) [top]