TO ensure the integrity of the ballots in Cebu, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has directed the ballot boxes to be sealed.

This is in connection with the election protest businessman Glenn Anthony Soco filed against Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr.

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It was Soco, through lawyer Beulah Coeli Fiel, who asked for the sealing.

Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano directed both parties to send representatives to the sealing that will start on Tuesday until Friday.

“You are to send your authorized representatives to sign and seal the said ballot boxes with masking or packaging tape, for preservation of election documents contained therein,” read Castillano’s letter to both parties.

The seal or tape will be signed by representatives of both parties and the city or municipal election officer.

The fifth and sixth congressional districts will conduct the sealing tomorrow, while the fourth district and the municipalities of Asturias, Balamban and Tuburan will do so on Wednesday.

Most of the second district towns and the rest of the areas in the third district will seal the ballot boxes on Aug. 26, while the remaining second district towns and the entire first district will conduct the sealing the next day.

Election officers were directed to take note of the schedule.

Sanchez won a third consecutive term, this time over Soco, during the May 10 elections with a margin of 26,237 votes. It was Soco’s first attempt to win provincial office.