‘Wrong’ ink used in printing ballots’ UV security markings
Posted by akosistella on April 1, 2010
Smartmatic-TIM reportedly failed to supply correct ink for ultraviolet (UV) security markings on ballots, forcing the government to use UV lamps — instead of automated poll machines, as originally envisioned — to verify ballots’ authenticity.
This was disclosed to GMANews.TV by Ramon Casiple, a member of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Advisory Council.
Smartmatic-TIM, the country’s poll machine supplier, and the Comelec should have first tested the UV ink with the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to ensure that the voting machines would be able to read them, Casiple added.
“Nagbabago yung intensity… magkaiba yung specs ng reader sa specs ng printer (The intensity of the ink changes, so the specifications of the UV reader is different from that of the printer),” he said.