Comelec: Poll automation deal on unless SC issues TRO

MANILA, Philippines – Only a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court can stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from signing Friday its contract with the winning consortium for the automation of the 2010 elections, the poll body said.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez stressed that unless the SC issues a TRO in response to a petition filed by Harry Roque and other lawyers Thursday, the Comelec will push through with the 2 p.m. signing of its contract with the consortium of Smartmatic Corp. and Total Information Management (TIM).

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