Comelec to look into liability of suppliers

By Jeffrey Damicog

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday its suppliers could be held accountable for providing defective items used in the conduct of the May 13 midterm elections and contributed to delays.

Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas (Comelec / MANILA BULLETIN)
Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas (Comelec / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Pinapareview ko na sa law department yung magiging penalty just in case kung may violation ng kontrata (I asked the Comelec’s law department to review the penalties just in case there are violations in the contracts),” said Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas during a press briefing at the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) headquarters in Pasay City.

He cited that among the 85,769 SD cards used by the vote counting machines (VCMs) there are a total of 1,665 SD cards which failed to function.

“One of the reasons maybe is because the low quality of the SD cards,” said Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo.

Apart from this, Abas said he also received reports of numerous marking pens used to mark ballots have been blotting.

“Iimbestigahan natin plus titingnan natin yung violation ng kontrata (We will investigate this and look into violations in the contract),” said Abas.

The Comelec Chairman disclosed that the SD cards were supplied by JV of S1 Technologies Inc. and Silicon Valley Computer Group, while, the markers were provided by Triplex Enterprises Inc.

“At syempre kailangan rin natin marinig yung side nila (Of course we will hear the side of the suppliers),” Abas assured the suppliers. #MatalinongBoto2019