Investigate overpriced ballot packaging – Migrante Partylist

MIGRANTE Partylist today called on Congress to immediately conduct an investigation on allegations that the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) ballot packaging services for the 2013 elections are overpriced.

The allegations came after former Comelec lawyer Atty. Melchor Magdamo also exposed the Comelec’s P690-million ballot secrecy folder contract. According to Magdamo, the Comelec’s approved budget contract for the ballot packaging service was overpriced by 70%, or P292 million.

“These are serious allegations that compels immediate investigation. If these were true, saan at kanino napupunta ang kickbacks? And at whose expense?” said Connie Bragas-Regalado, Migrante Partylist chairperson.

Bragas-Regalado lamented that in light of allegations of corruption within the Comelec, Congress had only allotted P43 million for the implementation of the overseas absentee voting (OAV).

“Funds for OAV were not increased since 2010. We have brought this concern to Congress and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) since, that the budget for OAV would not be enough to ensure that majority of our overseas Filipinos would not be disenfranchised. But the government said that there are no funds available. ‘Yun pala napupunta lang sa kickbacks?”

Bragas-Regalado also echoed fears of other sectors that allegations of corruption and other anomalies in the Comelec may compromise the conduct and results of the upcoming 2013 elections.

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