Feuding poll partners told: Try ‘marriage of convenience’

As the fate of the Philippines’ poll automation hung in the balance, Chairman Jose Melo of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) brokered an emergency meeting on Tuesday between estranged partners Smartmatic Corp. and Total Information Management (TIM) and urged them, essentially, to kiss and make up.

“I told them in a joking manner that they will be the one to decide what type of marriage they will have: a marriage of convenience, a shotgun marriage or a real marriage,” Melo said.

After the meeting, Melo seemed to be sending conflicting signals by saying the chances for poll automation next year remain “very slim” after TIM decided to terminate its partnership last Monday with Smartmatic.

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