By Leslie Aquino
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is pilot testing its voters’ ID in the National Capital Region. This is expected to initially enhance voting access in NCR.
The Comelec-Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) is already looking for a service provider for the printing of 3 million pieces of the upgraded voters ID.
In its invitation to bid, the poll body allocated P150 million for the printing of the said voters’ ID at a unit cost of P50.
Comelec-BAC said bids received in excess of the approved budget for the contract (ABC) shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
Interested bidders may acquire a complete set of bidding documents until July 17, from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the Comelec-BAC Secretariat office for a fee of P50,000.
The pre-bid conference for prospective bidders will also be held on July 3 at 10 a.m. at the Comelec Session Hall.
All bids must be submitted to the BAC Secretariat on or before 9 a.m. of July 17, as the opening of bids will be held at 10 a.m. at the Comelec session hall on the same day.
Last March, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista revealed their plan to come out with a new look for the voter’s ID which he said will be piloted in the NCR.
“The old voters’ ID is the one that is a laminated paper. It does not look well. So, what we want is to upgrade it,” he said at that time.
Voters ID is issued to a registered voter, whose biometrics data, namely photograph, fingerprints, and signature, have been successfully captured digitally.
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