Comelec: Ballot boxes in Pasig not tampered

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday denied reports of tampered ballots in Pasig City.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez responded to the query of Shalani Soledad, the wife of Pasig congressional candidate Roman Romulo, that the ballot box delivered to their city on May 3 had torn seals. He clarified that the photo posted on Twitter was the van that transported the ballot boxes and not the ballot boxes that will be used for the May 13 polls.

"The torn edge of the sticker was uneven. This is not indicative of intent. Our conclusion is that the flapping doors of the van, the movement of the doors of the van moved, might have torn the paper seal," he told CNN Philippines.

Jimenez said that upon checking, the contents of the van were not tampered with.

"The contents of the van are all individually sealed, individually wrapped with shrink wrap... There are security measures in place that will protect the integrity of the ballot — those are the ones we need to focus on," he said.

A week before the midterm elections, Comelec is delivering the official ballots around the country. The boxes containing the ballots reached the city halls of Pasay and Manila on Sunday. The boxes were placed inside the city treasurer's office for safekeeping. They will remain there until dawn of May 13th when the ballots will be delivered to the voting precincts in schools.