Comelec withholds payment for election materials suppliers

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2019 02:36 PM

A resolution withholding payment for suppliers of election materials has been passed by the poll body, Commission on Elections chair Sheriff Abas said Wednesday, a week after thousands of glitches marred the 2019 midterm elections.

MANILA - The Commission on Elections has passed a resolution withholding payment for suppliers of election materials, chair Sheriff Abas said Wednesday, a week after thousands of glitches marred the 2019 midterm elections.

Payments were withheld while the law department checks if some suppliers committed a breach of contract, Abas told reporters in a press briefing.

“Titingnan natin kung may violation of contract at kung may mga penalties na puwedeng i-impose against them,” he said.

(Let's see if there is violation of contract and if there are penalties that can be imposed against them)

About 1,000 SD cards malfunctioned on election day, delaying the voting process in several polling precincts.

Several vote-counting machines also experienced glitches that delayed the voting process.

Some voters also complained of marking pens that bled through the ballot, leading to either an overvote or a vote counted for another candidate.

The poll body welcomes the Senate’s planned probe on alleged irregularities during the midterm elections, Abas said.

“Kami sa en banc we are very happy na may ganiyang investigation para ma-clear 'yung air,” he said.

“Ang pinaka-bottomline sa amin, walang dayaan. Kung meron mang glitches that’s natural pero walang dayaan,” he said.