No 40,000 double registants in Davao – poll exec
Posted by akosistella on March 9, 2010
There are no 40,000 double registrants in Davao contrary to the claim of an election watchdog, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said on Monday.
Interviewed by reporters, Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said he personally went to Davao City over the weekend to investigate and found out that the issue “has been blown out of proportion.”
“If you look at the records, there was a cleansing… there’s no such thing as 40,000 registrants,” he said, adding that he has documents to prove it.
Smartmatic-TIM gives assurance of 2010 polls’ success
Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM), which won the contract to supply voting machines, assured that it is doing its part in ensuring that the Philippines’ very first automated elections will be successful.
Netherlands-based firm Smartmatic is unable to operate without a local joint venture partner, in this case, the TIM. For joint venture partnerships, the law allows foreigners to bid for projects provided they have local partners representing 60 per cent of the project.
But reports reaching GMANews.TV said that TIM sent a letter to Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo and the poll body law department, saying that it does not know the status of the implementation of the joint venture.