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Comelec scraps metal padlocks

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is shifting from the use of metal padlocks to cheaper plastic seals to secure ballot boxes.

It is also doing away with ink pads as voters will only need to affix their signatures, not their thumb marks, on the voting record.

That’s how it’s going to be in the May 13 elections with an Ilocano, known for being “kuripot” (a miser), at the helm of the election body.

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters on Friday the commission has decided to do away with metal padlocks and thumbmarking, primarily to save more than P15 million in expenses.

But another advantage in using plastic seals is that they can’t be easily replaced in case of a breach in the ballot boxes because they have serial numbers unlike the metal padlocks that the Comelec used in the past, Brillantes said.

“Too bad for them, the chairman is Ilocano,” he quipped, alluding to the penny-pinching ways of natives of that region.

He said that from his experience as an election lawyer, he had observed that the metal padlocks were merely “decorations” and didn’t really guarantee safety from cheaters and manipulators, apart from being more costly.

“When I was still practicing, we just flipped the padlocks with our fingers and they opened easily,” he told reporters.

According to Brillantes, it was difficult to detect if a ballot box has been tampered with because the padlocks that secured them did not bear serial numbers.

But with the plastic seal, the Comelec can prevent tampering or, if not, will at least be able to detect a breach in the ballot boxes.

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is shifting from the use of metal padlocks to cheaper plastic seals to secure ballot boxes.

It is also doing away with ink pads as voters will only need to affix their signatures, not their thumb marks, on the voting record.

That’s how it’s going to be in the May 13 elections with an Ilocano, known for being “kuripot” (a miser), at the helm of the election body.

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters on Friday the commission has decided to do away with metal padlocks and thumbmarking, primarily to save more than P15 million in expenses.

But another advantage in using plastic seals is that they can’t be easily replaced in case of a breach in the ballot boxes because they have serial numbers unlike the metal padlocks that the Comelec used in the past, Brillantes said.

“Too bad for them, the chairman is Ilocano,” he quipped, alluding to the penny-pinching ways of natives of that region.

He said that from his experience as an election lawyer, he had observed that the metal padlocks were merely “decorations” and didn’t really guarantee safety from cheaters and manipulators, apart from being more costly.

“When I was still practicing, we just flipped the padlocks with our fingers and they opened easily,” he told reporters.

According to Brillantes, it was difficult to detect if a ballot box has been tampered with because the padlocks that secured them did not bear serial numbers.

But with the plastic seal, the Comelec can prevent tampering or, if not, will at least be able to detect a breach in the ballot boxes.


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Tags: 2013 elections , ballot boxes , Comelec , May 2013 elections , Sixto Brillantes Jr.


  • regd

    Too bad for us, the former dictator is also an ilocano.

  • rowelcasipong

    hello philippines ,as a chemist   worker,,,alam ko paano taggalin at ibalik uli na walang bakas kahit anong sticker is a chemical component ,(M.E.K ),methyl,ethyl,keton ,na mabibili sa USA,GERMANY,JAPAN ,TAIWAN AT CHINA ,yan ang mga supllier nang chemical sa aming company,M.E.K.  yan din ang gagamitin namin pag nag change sticker sa isang product,.nako kawawa naman ang taong bayan dyan maloloko naman dyan,,,,M,E,K is main component use to make rugby ,ang rugby goma lang yan na malambot  lagyan nang  M,E,K, para malusaw ,,ang mga ilocano mga lasinggero at mahilig kumain nang ASO sa buong pilipinas pati sa kanilang karenderya may LOTONG ASO,at saka mayayabang akala nila sila na ang pinakamayaman sa buong mundo. kaya ang kanila ugali ay parang aso kc nakasanayan na nila kumakain nang ASO.pasyencya na kc isa din akong ilocano,

  • rowelcasipong

    go reserch for  M,E,K  chemical, e wielding nalang yong ballot box para cgurado,at pag buksan asitilin ang gamitin,im sure 100% secure,every election change ballot box,,dont think about money to waste billion pesos ,than to win a bad politicians and to pocket trillion of pesos,,,what do think ,what the better choice.

  • i_am_filipino

    Seal and take picture of the seal.



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