Comelec to replace TIM

MANILA, Philippines—As time ticked for the squabbling partners to meet Friday’s deadline to patch up their differences and salvage a P7.2-billion contract for next year’s automated elections, advisers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) moved to see to it that the project pulls through.

The Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) said on Thursday the Comelec should consider taking over from Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) should the local partner of the Barbados-based Smartmatic International carry out its threat to withdraw from the deal.

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