5 poll officials to resign amid ballot folder controversy
Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010
Five executives of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be resigning from the poll body’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) in light of the controversy generated by the botched multi-million ballot secrecy folder deal.
In an interview with GMA News, BAC chairman Lea Alarkon said that five of them would be resigning from the committee so that there would be no doubts in future procurements that the poll body will be making for the May 10 automated elections.
“Pangit naman na mapintasan ang Comelec because of this issue (It would not be good if the Comelec is criticized because of this issue),” she said in the interview that was aired over “24 Oras.”
Ombudsman to probe ballot folder controversy
On its own initiative, the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday announced it would conduct an investigation to determine whether there is anything anomalous with the Commission on Elections’ allegedly overpriced ballot secrecy folders to be used in the May polls.
A statement from the office said Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez ordered the creation of a task force to spearhead the inquiry, which would focus on the P690-million contract the Comelec nearly signed with supplier OTC (One Time Carbon) Paper Supply.
“The task force will evaluate the procedure conducted by the Bids and Awards Committee of the Comelec to determine if it is in accord with [Republic Act No.] 9184, the Government Procurement Reform Act,” Gutierrez said.