Foreign Country Bans Smartmatic Voting Machines Firm to ‘Safeguard Integrity of Elections’
The Philippine Commission on Elections has banned Smartmatic Philippines Inc. from the nation’s elections, ending 13 years of the company being the main provider of election technology to the nation.
The decision revolved around allegations of bribery that claim commission chairman Andres Bautista was paid off to ensure Smartmatic won the contract for the 2016 elections, according to the Philippine edition of CNN. Bautista has denied the allegations.
Although Smartmatic argued it has followed the rules, noting that there are nothing but allegations against it, the commission was unmoved.
“Although these allegations, stemming from incidents potentially spanning at least three election cycles, have not been conclusively proven, their gravity and potentia …