Junjun Binay raises concerns on faulty poll counting machines

Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 02:29 PM

Junjun Binay raises concerns on faulty poll counting machines 1
Makati Mayoral Candidate Junjun Binay and reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay successfully cast their votes before 1 p.m. on Monday. Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News

MAKATI CITY - Mayoral candidate Junjun Binay raised concerns Monday on faulty vote counting machines after his father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr., initially got his ballot rejected.

The younger Binay said he has received several reports of malfunctioning vote counting machines since poll precincts opened.

“We give credit to Comelec (Commission on Elections) kasi mabilis naman silang uma-action but then this is not acceptable kasi pag nilatag natin 'yung makina, kailangan walang aberya. Hindi dapat mangyari ito kasi pag laging pinakikialamanan 'yung makina, hindi ito maganda,” he told reporters.

(Comelec acts fast but this is not acceptable because the machines should have no problems. This shouldn't happen because it's not good if there is always human intervention.)

In Makati City alone, over 50 ballots were placed inside secrecy folders after being rejected by the machines.

Binay added that repeated malfunctions of the vote counting machines may cast doubt on the credibility of the midterm elections results.

“If there’s a breakdown in the machine, there’s human intervention that's going to happen, which we want to avoid lalo na pag nangyari ito sa presidential elections, magiging kaduda-duda ito,” he said.

(This may cast a doubt on the credibility of the polls especially if this happens during a presidential elections.)