MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will investigate the suppliers of voting materials used in the 2019 elections after glitches marred the polls.
In a press conference on Tuesday, May 14, Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas said he ordered the poll body's Law Department to review the contracts of the following suppliers:
Data from the Comelec's bids and awards committee showed the contracts were worth P153.8 million and P22.6 million, respectively.
"Pinapareview ko na sa Law Department 'yung magiging penalties in case, and if may violation 'yung kontrata, but siyempre, kailangan rin natin marinig ang side nila," Abas said.
(I've asked the Law Department to review the possible penalties in case, and if the contracts may have been violated, but of course, we have to hear their side.)
Bleeding pens also caused voters to worry that these would affect how VCMs read ballots and count votes.
Despite these problems, Abas said on Tuesday that the electoral process was "successful." – Rappler.com