Total Information Management (TIM) reasons for withdrawing

June 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

Total Information Management or TIM just withdrew from its consortium agreement with Smartmatic, rendering the entire poll automation contract in jeopardy. Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said that TIM officials led by its CEO Jose Antunez formally gave their letter of resignation yesterday. Melo hinted the possibility of reverting to manual counting. Or, as COMELEC legal head Atty. Ferdie Rafanan indicated, a COMELEC-Smartmatic consortium just to push thru with it.

The TIM spokesperson, Atty. Boy De Borja indicated that their supposed “rift” between Smartmatic has been historically long. Atty. De Borja said that Smartmatic approached them prior to the bidding, shortly after the Mindanao experiment. Someone recommended TIM to Smartmatic. Smartmatic then entered into a consortium with TIM. And they won the bidding.

TIM said that automated elections is really not a guarantee for clean elections. That is the beef of TIM against Smartmatic. TIM said that they are responsible to ensure that the 2010 elections is ” absolute clean and beyond doubt”. However, TIM protested Smartmatic’s view that they’ll be the ones to decide should a problem occur during the implementation of the poll automation. What problems, TIM is wont to say. Atty. de Borja revealed a very cryptic statement indicating that certain “administrative matters”, for example, the “disbursement of checks” could impact on the integrity of the elections. TIM says they want to avoid that.

TIM will issue a statement in the next few days, Atty. de Borja promised.

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