PPCRV urges COMELEC to extend voting hours as reports of Vote Counting Machines (VCM) malfunctions continue to delay Philippine electoral processes today, May 9.
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has cited concerns about VCM malfunctions being a real issue as reports on malfunction continue while the Philippine national and local elections progresses.
With more than 92,000 units deployed all over the country, Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez, in an earlier report, said that “inevitable that some of them will experience technical difficulties.” Reports of VCM malfunctions have been coming from several precincts including Naga, where vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, has spent two hours while waiting for her turn to cast her vote.
Other VCM malfunction reports came from Pinyahan Elementary School as a scanner self-diagnostic failed.
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COMELEC earlier promised that they will be on the lookout for any signs of malfunction or difficulty with the operations of the machines. COMELEC then assured the public that it is well-prepared to meet these contingencies and it expects the elections to go off without a hitch.
At the time of writing, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections had called for a press conference where she announced that a total of 70 VCM have malfunctioned and that extending the voting hours are yet to be decided.