Pimentel: Comelec bought ballot folders for P380 each
Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010
Election officials had bought nearly two million ballot secrecy folders for the May 10 elections at an overpriced rate of P380 each, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. alleged on Sunday.
Citing information from a confidential source, Pimentel claimed there had been no bidding for the folders, which will be used to cover the ballot during voting. He declined to name the company that had bagged the contract from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“I want Chairman [Jose] Melo to investigate this matter because this will taint the integrity of the Comelec. It looks like more than P300 per piece is too much… I cannot name my source because doing so will endanger his life,” Pimentel told GMANews.TV in Filipino.
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Probe sought on ‘wrong’ ink for UV markings on ballots
Senatorial aspirant Jose de Venecia III on Sunday called on the House of Representatives and the Senate to look into the reported use of wrong ink for ultraviolet security markings printed on ballots for the May 10 polls.
De Venecia said the joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Poll Automation should determine whether the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-Total Information Management Inc, the consortium that will automate the May 10 polls, conspired so that ballots would not be verified as genuine or not.
“We urge the [committee] to immediately take cognizance of this seeming connivance of the Comelec and [Smartmatic-TIM] to remove a vital security safeguard for the [ballots] intended for our all-important electoral exercise,” he said in a statement.
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