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Commission on Elections tells public to not believe video showing alleged pre-shaded ballot

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Thursday said the public should not believe the video circulating on social media showing that the official ballots to be used in the May 13 polls have already been pre-shaded using ultraviolet (UV) ink as this is not true.

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“We tested. The marks using UV inks weren’t read by the VCM (vote counting machine) which looks for a black ink or those that are always visible so to speak,” Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino, Jr. said in a press briefing.

“The ballots have QR codes, serial number, and precinct assignment. It was obviously a staged video because it doesn’t have those features. It was a waste because they already staged a video yet they used the wrong ballot prop,” he added.

In the past, the poll body already cautioned the public against believing malicious rumors clearly intended to undermine public trust and confidence in the Comelec as well as its Commissioners and officers.

Undermining public confidence in the elections, the poll body said is an election offense, and persons or parties engaging in cowardly and dishonorable acts of dishonesty that tend to erode public trust in the mechanisms and processes of democratic elections will be held accountable.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC deposited in escrow the second batch of source codes of the automated election system (AES) to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in Pasay City, Thursday.

These are the source codes of the Operating System (OS) image rebuild for the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS), Transmission Router, and the Domain Name Server (DNS) Janitor.

“To be escrowed are the remaining source codes that were reviewed and certified by our international certification entity and were also reviewed by our local source code reviewers. No one have found or said that they found that there is any malicious code embedded in the source codes,” said Tolentino.

Last February, the poll body also deposited in escrow at the BSP the source codes for the Election Management System (EMS), CCS, and the Vote Counting Machines (VCM).

Under the Poll Automation Law, the source code of the AES must be kept in escrow with the BSP. #MatalinongBoto2019

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