#HalalanAberya: Voters lament faulty vote counting machines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 06:53 PM

MANILA- Several voters lamented Monday glitches they encountered with the vote counting machines which resulted in delays in the poll process.

In San Miguel, Pasig City, a voter caught on video poll watchers and members of the electoral board volunteering to safe-keep ballots for the meantime so as not to extend voter queues.

Voters were also asked to sign waivers as proof that they allow poll watchers to feed their ballots to the vote counting machines.

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A broken vote counting machine meanwhile plagued the elections in Barangay Panapaan VIII in Bacoor, Cavite. 

Bayan Patroller Beth Villar said she was surprised when they were given instructions to go home after voting since their ballots will be kept in a box for the meantime while waiting for a new vote counting machine.

Video courtesy of Bayan Patroller Beth Villar

A similar incident occurred in a polling precinct in Phase 4 Vista Verde covered court in Cainta, Rizal on Monday morning, raising concerns among some voters that their ballots might not get fed to the machine properly.

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Bayan Patroller Dimple Marie Acero-Ygay said ballots in their precinct in Pinamungajan, Cebu were temporarily placed in an improvised box since the vote counting machine was faulty.

Voters were also advised to sign a waiver that they are allowing the chairman of the electoral board to feed their ballots to the machine once it gets fixed.

Voters who refused to list their names can return to the polling precinct to personally feed their ballots to the vote counting machine once it gets fixed.

Problems with vote counting machines tripled this year compared to the 2016 elections, the Commission on Elections said Monday.

As of 2 p.m., 400 to 600 out of the 85,000 VCMs in precincts across the country encountered glitches, while the total number of machine problems in the 2016 elections was at 188, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a press conference.

“In the overall scheme of things, that is a small number but compared to 2016, the figure is jarring,” he said.

The Comelec has deployed replacement machines, but is still “figuring out” what went wrong with the faulty ones, he said.