Comelec defends price tag on folders
Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday defended its price recommendation for the planned purchase of ballot secrecy folders, saying P380 apiece was “reasonable.”
In an interview, BAC director Maria Lea Alarkon said the proposed price per folder is acceptable, based on the price of the binders used for the Book of Voters in the 2004 national elections. The Comelec purchased the binders for P320 each.
“Considering that the (ballot secrecy) folders are twice the size of the binders we usually buy, we considered it reasonable. And also, some of the canvass prices submitted to us were P500, P400,” Alarkon explained.
Comelec way behind in preparations for elections, say watchdog groups
MANILA, Philippines—With a month to go before Election Day, there are signs showing that the Commission on Elections is way behind in its preparations and the shortcuts it has taken have eroded the confidence of civil society that credible elections will take place on May 10, according to at least two watchdog groups.
Bantay ng Bayan, an umbrella group composed of the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), voiced its apprehensions at the weak links in the election preparations.
Namfrel has served as the Comelec’s citizens’ arm in the past elections, a role that it will not play on May 10. The Comelec gave the role to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.