Smartmatic pitch: Buy our tech now, save billions in next polls
Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Election machine provider Smartmatic started its marketing offensive Tuesday by pitching to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the idea of buying now the technology they used in the just-concluded presidential and local elections, so the poll body can save billions in the succeeding exercises.
In a press conference upon the arrival of its Ambassador for Transparency, Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, the Venezuelan firm said the Philippine government only need to spend around P2 billion to buy the technology from Smartmatic, so it will have to spend only around P3 billlion for services (like transporting the machines) in the next 4 elections.
via ABS-CBN News.
I suggest Comelec wait for Rep. Teodoro Locsin’s final report on the poll fraud issues before making any rash decisions about buying those poll machines.