Comelec orders clean-up of voter lists
Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has ordered local election officers to weed out multiple registrants from the official computerized voters list it is sending out ahead of the May 10 elections.
Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the Comelec meeting as a whole agreed on Tuesday to direct local election officers to cross-check the official voters’ list with the list of 700,000 names considered to be double or multiple registrants.
Larrazabal said this would clean the voters’ list of multiple registrants before the May 10 balloting.
Comelec adviser alarmed by changes in ballot security marks
MANILA, Philippines—A member of the Commission on Elections’ Advisory Council has raised an alarm over changes made on one of the security identifiers used in the ballots for the May 10 automated elections, saying it could compromise the integrity and complicate the conduct of the elections.
Ramon Casiple said Smartmatic TIM Corp., the automated elections provider, and the Comelec have turned off the ultraviolet (UV) ink reader on all 82,2000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines after the UV security marks on the ballots caused the machines to reject them.
“During the lab test performed last January, at least 20 percent of the ballots were not read by the PCOS machines,” Casiple said.