Comelec sets hearing on plea vs Smartmatic

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

Rhodina Villanueva – The Philippine Star

October 7, 2023 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is scheduled to hold a hearing on a petition to disqualify Smartmatic Philippines from participating in the public bidding for the 2025 automated election system project.

In a three-page order, Comelec Chairman George Garcia set the hearing for the petition filed by the group led by former poll commissioner Augusto Lagman on Oct. 17 at the Palacio del Gobernador building in Intramuros, Manila.

He also ordered Smartmatic to file its comment on the petition, filed in June, within five days from receiving the directive.

Lagman, former information and communications technology secretary Eliseo Rio, retired colonel Leonardo Odoño and former Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines president Franklin Ysaac filed the petition, saying that Smartmatic should be disqualified since the May 2022 polls had been marred by “serious and material irregularities,” particularly in the transmission and reception of election results.

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