Comelec installs security features on ballots
Posted February 26, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:09:00 02/25/2010
Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Politics
MANILA, Philippines — To ensure that the ballots would go to its designated municipality and voting precincts, the Commission on Elections has installed redundant security features to the ballots such as putting them in vacuum sealed packages, Chairman Jose Melo said.
During his visit to the National Printing Office on Thursday, Melo told media that they would use vacuum technology to ensure that the printed ballots would be safe from humidity and harsh temperatures that might destroy their security markings and UV ink.
Each vacuum pack contains all the ballots designated per clustered precinct and is color-coded per region to where it will be shipped.
The color codes are: white for Luzon, green for Visayas, blue for Mindanao, and yellow for the National Capital Region.
Each pack of ballots is placed inside a black plastic box, of which all the sides are sealed with six Comelec stickers.
The black box is finally sealed in a stretch plastic film to further protect it from weather elements.
“Inside the ballot packs and on the box are the labels that indicate the province, municipality, polling precinct (school) and clustered precinct to ensure they go to their designated polling precinct,” Melo said.
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