Elections Dept looking to buy tablet devices

Elections Dept looking to buy tablet devices

The Elections Department is planning to use nearly 1,000 tablet devices for the upcoming elections, and is looking for a company to provide such equipment along with mobile broadband services, it said in a new tender notice published yesterday.

The tender, which closes on July 6, states that the 930 tablets must be able to make voice calls and have display screens that measure at least seven inches diagonally.

It also calls for interested firms to provide 1,120 mobile broadband devices and SIM cards that provide 4G connections. Mobile broadband devices allow wireless Internet access as long as there is a mobile phone signal.

All this high-tech equipment will be deployed for the next general election (GE) and presidential election - both of which must be held by 2017 - at places such as polling stations and counting centres.

The department is prepared to spend up to $1 million on this tender, and will require the winning bidder to provide training for its staff in the use of the devices.

Yesterday's tender is the latest in a recent series of tenders for election-related equipment - such as counting tables, voting booths and transport services - as the deadline for the next GE draws nearer.

A previous tender, for the setting up of a hotline to handle election-related queries during the polls, was awarded late last month for $819,295 to NexWave Telecoms, the only company that submitted a bid.

This article was first published on June 11, 2015.
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