Comelec finds excess ballot paper reams, stops bidding for new ballot papers-A A +A
Sunday, September 1, 2013
MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruled out the conduct of public bidding for the ballot papers to be used in the October Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, as some reams of ballot papers intended for the May 13 elections were left unused.
Based on Resolution 9757, the en banc ordered the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to omit the bidding for the procurement of ballot paper for the October 28 polls.
“The Bids and Awards Committee hereby excludes in the items for bidding the Supply and Delivery of Ballot Paper to be used in the Printing of Official Ballots,” said the BAC resolution.
The said project had a total Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) of P148.87 million.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they have decided to use the excess papers to print out the official ballots for the October 28 polls.
“Lahat kasi ng official na papel na sa amin e, nasa NPO yun… at gagamitin pa nga namin para sa barangay elections,” said Brillantes.
He said this is also the reason why he doubted the claims of lawyer Melchor Magdamo that official ballots for the May 13 polls are still being printed by the Holy Family Printing Corporation (HFPC).
The poll chief said he cannot recall the exact quantity but that it is enough to cover the millions of ballots needed in the forthcoming poll exercise.
“Kaya nga naka-save kami ng konti doon sa cost na papel,” said Brillantes. (HDT/Sunnex)