Malaya : COVID-19 surge delays poll preps

5 April 2021

By Gerard Naval | Malaya

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has postponed the submission and opening of bids for the supply of Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) laptops as well as the computer servers for use in the May 2022 automated electoral exercise.

In separate Notices of Postponement, the Comelec – Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) said it is indefinitely postponing the submission and opening of bids for the two procurement projects due to the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) aimed at controlling the surge in COVID-19 cases in the region.

“The submission and opening of bids for the above-mentioned projects scheduled on 16 April 2021 (are) hereby postponed until further notice,” said SBAC chairman Allen Francis Abaya.

He said the postponement is part of the poll body’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Comelec-SBAC recognizes the current threat of COVID-19 and is committed in ensuring the safety of its members and all concerned parties during this period,” said Abaya.

The supply and delivery of the CCS laptops is a P116.16 million procurement project which seeks to acquire 2,200 laptop units at a cost of P52,800 per unit.