Comelec accepts Smartmatic's donation of thermal paper

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has voted to accept technology provider Smartmatic's donation of 1.1 million rolls of thermal paper.

Smartmatic offered the donation to ensure there will be no delay in the procurement of thermal paper, which will be used in the printing of voter's receipts.

Hours before the en banc's decision, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said on her Twitter account that accepting Smartmatic's donation may constitute graft as the company is doing business with the poll body.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, however, said the acceptance of donation is "perfectly legal."