MANILA, Philippines — Smartmatic assured that the 1.1 million rolls of thermal paper is of the highest quality and up to the specifications of the vote counting machines (VCMs).
The assurance was issued by the service-provider in the May 9 national and local elections after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had accepted the firm’s donation of thermal paper that would be used as receipts by the VCMs.
“This will also ensure the supply would arrive at the polling precincts on time as the plan is to have the required 21 rolls of thermal paper per VCM already kitted inside its box,” said Smartmatic in a statement.
The multi-national company explained that the donation would address problems of delay in procuring the thermal paper, which was a real risk if Comelec had to undergo the lengthy process of public bidding.
“We wish to emphasize that a delay in the procurement of thermal papers would stop the Pre-logical and accuracy test (Pre-LAT) and other important activities in the warehouse, which would also delay the deployment of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs),” it added.
At the same time, the manufacturer of the VCMs is pleased to hear that its donation was accepted by the Comelec.
“Although the donation comes at a substantial price for Smartmatic, we are prepared to absorb such a cost as we reiterate our company’s mission to strengthen democracy through credible elections,” Smartmatic said.
On Thursday, Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said the donation of the service in the 2010 and 2013 polls was accepted by the commission en banc.
“Voting 6-1, the commission en banc has ruled to accept the donations of Smartmatic for the marking pens and thermal papers,” he added.
The poll body chief noted they would be saving Php 49 million for the acquisition of thermal papers. PNA/northboundasia.com