Delay in transmission of election results due to VCM failures

Delay in transmission of election results due to VCM failures

Some Provincial Board of Canvassers still has nothing to count as there has been a delay in the transmission of election results in some municipalities.

As of 11pm on May 9, some provinces has 0 votes transmitted to the provincial level due to weak connection in some areas. This cause delay in releasing the official counts of votes. Many people put the blame to the VCM failures that happened in some precincts.

Several reports of vote-counting machine (VCMs) glitches throughout the country became a major concern in this year’s national and local elections.

As voters casted their ballots as early as 6am in some precincts, there were areas where voting was delayed because the VCMs malfunctioned upon initialization. The teachers who came to the polling precincts at dawn to serve as members of the board of election inspectors had to wait and seek help from the Smartmatic technicians to fix the said anomalies.

In Manila, a VCM at a clustered precinct at the Padre Burgos Elementary School has malfunctioned because one voter prematurely inserted a ballot into the machine. At the President Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, four VCMs have stalled polling for hours. Similar setbacks also occurred in different precincts in Pasig City, San Juan City, Masbate, and Capiz.

Meanwhile, voters in Barangay 3 in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur have protested after the BEIs refused to let them insert their ballots into a replacement VCM. One voter said that the BEIs asked voters to just leave their ballots to them after a VCM malfunctioned. They were informed that the BEIs will feed the ballots to the replacement machine instead, which is a violation of the election law.

PDP-Laban President Koko Pimentel has expressed his disappointment with the glitches and stated that he will require Comelec and Smartmatic to explain the chaos and delay cause by the faulty VCMs.

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