Comelec: Early preparations to ensure no delays in polls

AN OFFICIAL of the Commission on Elections (Comelec expressed belief that they are on the right track in preparing for the October 28 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls and a repeat of the delays in 2010 is now unlikely.

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said an early start and faithfulness to the calendar of activities are the keys in making sure that everything will go well on Election Day unlike the last time.

“As early as now, ginagawa na namin lahat to make sure na walang magiging problema,” said Padaca.

She said this include the early period for registration, which, in turn has a “domino effect” for the rest of their preparations.

“Kasi itong figures na ito, we will use in establishing precincts, getting of teachers, and of course, the data for the ballots to be printed,” said Padaca.

Delays in the arrival of delivery of election supplies, including the ballots, to the polling precincts with some already arriving noon time of Election Day marred the previous barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, despite the Comelec contracting forwarding companies for the deployment.

Rumors surfaced that some Comelec personnel had deliberately delayed the delivery of election materials for their own personal financial profit.

Eventually, the commission en banc ordered the creation of a fact-finding body headed by then Commissioner Armando Velasco to probe the reasons behind the delays.

The fact-finding panel did not find any deliberate attempt from Comelec personnel to sabotage the conduct of polls although there were negligence found at the hands of those responsible for allocation and specification; notice to proceed; bidding; printing; verification; packing; and shipping departments.

As part of the Comelec preparations, its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) said the bidding documents for the Forwarding Services for the Deployment of Election Forms, Supplies and Paraphernalia is now available for interested bidders.

According to BAC, the Approved Budget Contract (ABC) is over P121 million covering four lots of the project.

BAC said the bidding documents may be purchased in the amount of P25,000 for any of lots A, B, and C while the amount for D is P50,000 until August 22.

The deadline for the submission of bids was set on Auguat 22 at 9 a.m.(HDT/Sunnex)

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