IN MANILA—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) picked to buy vote including machines utilized the 2016 decisions on account of a tight spending plan, its active officer-in-control Christian Robert Lim said Thursday, denying it was a “midnight bargain.”
Lim, who resigns on Feb. 2, said he conveyed the issue to the Comelec en banc not long after its previous executive, Andres Bautista, surrendered in October.
After a progression of meetings, the commission gave the go-motion for the buy of more than 97,000 vote tallying machines from Smartmatic Inc. on Dec. 18, said Lim, who marked the agreement on Jan. 12 this year.
“Essential thought was the cost and the innovation,” he told columnists, taking note of the Comelec had just a P8-billion spending plan for one year from now’s midterm races.
“That is lacking for new machines so we settled on what’s accessible for us.”