THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set aside more than P452.5 million to acquire the necessary Automated Elections System (AES) software as it continues to prepare for the May national 2022 elections.
In its Invitation to Bid, the Comelec said it has an approved budget for the contract (ABC) of P452,522,321.43 for the procurement of AES software for the Election Management System (EMS), vote counting machines (VCMs), and Consolidation & Canvassing System (CCS).
“A complete set of bidding documents may be acquired by interested bidders… Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening,” said Comelec.
To note, EMS sets up the automation of the polls and manages election-related data, such as geographical subdivisions, voting jurisdictions, number of registered voters, candidate details, and information on the members of the board of election inspectors.
VCMs refer to the actual voting machines used in polling precincts.
On the other hand, CCS is the one that receives election returns, reads incoming data, and canvasses the votes.
The poll body said the bidding documents may already be acquired for a fee of P50,000 at the SBAC Secretariat Office at 305-A 3/F Annex Building, Far East Managers and Investors Incorporated (FEMII) Building, A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila; or downloaded from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the Comelec website.