By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has distributed 1 million new markers to the 85,000 polling precincts all over the country less than a week before the midterm polls.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said they made the replacement after some reported that the ink in the original markers dried too slowly when used.
“‘Yung mga markers na na-deliver ngayon ay na-test po natin at maganda naman po (The markers that were delivered were tested and they proved to be better) than the first batch that was shipped out,” he said in an interview with DZMM.
“Confident na po tayo na solved na po ang problema na ‘to (We are confident that this problem is already solved),” he added.
Jimenez said the poll body was expecting that all the polling precincts will receive the new markers by the end of the week.
The Comelec official also said that no extra funds were used for the new supply of markers.
“Parang inayos lang ‘yung original order (The original order was fixed),” he said.
Jimenez said the delivery of the official ballots has been finished in all the regions, except the National Capital Region (NCR), which is expected to receive all the ballots on Tuesday.
The final testing and sealing of vote counting machines also started on Monday and will run until Sunday to ensure that all the machines are functioning properly.
“Hopefully, ‘yun na talaga ang huling test kasi magha-halalan na tayo (that will be the final test because we are nearing election day),” Jimenez said.
The national and local elections will be on May 13. #MatalinongBoto2019