HIGHLIGHT: Few weeks left before the general elections in May, the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) printing committee spotted miscut ballots that were not read by PCOS machines.
The COMELEC printing committee said that around 700 thousand ballots were deemed defective but also the poll body tells the public that these would not be used in any form of cheating.
Head of the printing committe Atty. Genevieve Guevarra states, "As of now po, wala na po tayo masyadong problema regarding doon kasi usually yung na-quarantine po ay yung may defects, na-miscut po yung ballots, so inorder na po natin ang pag-reprint noon. (As of now, we don't have any problem regarding that because (ballots) usually quarantined are the ones with defects, these have been miscut so we ordered for reprinting.)"
Guevarra also said that new batch of about 2,000 ballots are left for re-printing.
The spoiled ballots meanwhile have been quarantined at the National Printing Office to ensure first where it would be disposed.
"As a security measure, hindi na muna namin idi-dispose yung spoiled ballots even if we have cut them and shred them or invalidated them by putting a vertical line or line sa timing marks, (As a security measure, we would not disposed immediately these spoiled ballots even if we have cut them and shred them or invalidated them by putting a vertical line or line in the timing marks'' Guevarra said.
She further explained that the vertical lines will make the ballots unreadable by the machine.
By April 18, the poll body is set to finish the testing of each ballot.