SC issues TRO vs Smartmatic PCOS machines

The Supreme Court issues a TRO in favor of petitions that question the legality of purchasing the old election for the 2013 polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court issued on Tuesday, April 24, a temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of petitions that question the legality of purchasing the old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the 2013 midterm elections.

This was announced by SC spokesman Midas Marquez who said the Court will hear oral arguments on the case on May 2.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) exercised the “option to purchase” 82,000 PCOS machines from Smartmatic-TIM for P1.8 billion.

The petitions, filed by the Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S) and AES Watch on April 10, alleged that the poll body should have conducted instead a public bidding to purchase new election machines for the 2013 polls, since glitches are found when the Smartmatic PCOS machines were used in the 2010 national elections.

The Comelec purchased the machines on March 30, saying they decided to do this due to the insufficient budget of P7 billion for the 2013 elections. – Rappler.com

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