Comelec’s final testing and sealing (FTS) at the UP Integrated School (UPIS) faced an odd situation after election officials disclosed that they do not have the paraphernalia to seal the PCOS machine.
Members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) at first refused to operate the PCOS machine because they do not have the equipment for resealing them. Later, they ordered to break the seal to proceed with the FTS. In violation of FTS protocols, the I-button key will be returned but the PCOS machine will not be resealed. BEI members simply noted the lack of seal in their minutes of the FTS.
Kontra Daya field monitors also reported that the sealed PCOS machine also had a thermal paper inside even before it was tested by the BEI.