Elec­tion body to use stronger in­deli­ble ink to stop fly­ing vot­ers

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Kris­tine L. Alave

THE CHEM­I­CAL COM­PO­SI­TION OF THE in­deli­ble ink is be­ing strength­ened to clip the wings of fly­ing vot­ers in the up­com­ing elec­tions, the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) said yes­ter­day.

Vot­ers are be­ing asked to dip their fore­fin­ger in the in­deli­ble ink well to show that they had voted, ac­cord­ing to Com­elec pro­ce­dures.

Com­mis­sioner Rene Sarmiento said that the poll body was in­creas­ing the sil­ver ni­trate con­cen­tra­tion in the indigo ink that pro­duces the stain on the fin­ger to make it more dif­fi­cult to re­move and thus pre­vent mul­ti­ple vot­ing.

In the bid­ding for the sup­ply of the ink, he said the Com­elec was re­quir­ing a sil­ver ni­trate con­cen­tra­tion of 20 per­cent, up from the pre­vi­ous 5 per­cent. He noted that in In­dia, the com­pound was up to 25 per­cent.

Stays for 2,3 days

Com­elec spokesper­son James Jimenez said a low sil­ver ni­trate so­lu­tion would be a boon to un­scrupu­lous vot­ers who erase ink on their fin­gers us­ing ace­tone once they leave the precincts.

With the stronger ink, Jimenez said, the mark should stay for two to three days.

The Com­elec also an­nounced that it would be­gin ship­ping out the elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines, called precinct count op­ti­cal scan (PCOS), start­ing to­day. Two ma­chines will go to Kalayan Is­lands off Palawan, ac­cord­ing to Com­mis­sioner Gre­go­rio Lar­raz­a­bal.

The ma­chines will stay in a ware­house un­til the other poll ma­te­ri­als have ar­rived, Lar­raz­a­bal said. The Com­elec has yet to award the de­liv­ery of bal­lots and bal­lot boxes to freight for­warders.

Some 82,000 PCOS ma­chines from Smart­matic-TIM have been leased for the coun­try’s first na­tion­wide au­to­mated elec­tions. About 76,000 will be used for the elec­tions, while the rest will be de­ployed as spare ma­chines.

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