The Smartmatic vote counting machine (VCM) malfunctioned at her precinct. Various problems were cited such as the VCM did not receive ballots, thermal paper ran out, and swapped votes.
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Robredo arrived at 9:35 a.m. to cast her vote after stopovers at Our Lady of Peñafrancia Basilica Minore, the Eternal Gardens where her late husband former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo is buried, and the residence of the Archbishop of Caceres. It is reported that she has taken a 12-hour public bus ride to her hometown.
A technician from Smartmatic is reportedly on his way to replace the machine. There are no further updates on the faulty VCM.
Several malfunctioning VCMs have also been reported from Pinyahan Elementary School in Quezon City, Calidngan, Carcar City in Cebu, Isabela City, Romblon, Negros Oriental, Tacloban City, Roxas City, Capiz, and Masbate.
In Metro Manila, areas with reported VCM glitches include the Padre Burgos Elementary School in Manila, Rizal High School in Pasig City, San Juan City, Quezon City and Caloocan City.
Voting period commenced early Monday morning at 6 a.m., and was initially expected to finish at 5 p.m.
Earlier on Monday, Comelec Chairperson Andres Bautista said they are open to extending the voting period on case-to-case basis.