Nancy Binay, Vico Sotto defer casting votes due to machine glitch


Posted at May 13 2019 09:57 AM | Updated as of May 16 2019 09:52 AM

35 vote counting machines not working in Pasig - Sotto

MANILA - Two politicians deferred casting their votes on Election Day due to problems with the vote counting machines in their respective precincts. 

Senator Nancy Binay, who is seeking reelection, deferred casting her ballot Monday after a vote counting machine bogged down in her family’s bailiwick Makati City. Similarly, Pasig councilor and mayoral candidate Vico Sotto also delayed his vote after the vote counting machine in Pasig City encountered problems. 

"I have not voted. I chose to wait until the machine is working before I enter my vote," he told ANC. 

He added at least 35 VCMs were reportedly not working in Pasig. 

Binay's father, former Vice President Jojo Binay, also failed to cast his vote after his ballot was rejected by the machine. The former vice president said he will proceed to the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros to complain. 

Senator Binay said she will wait for the machine to be replaced before attempting to vote again. 

"In a way, blessing in disguise na din na medyo high-profile iyung nakaranas ng ganitong aberya. Baka kung ordinary voters lang, baka the attention will not be the same," said Sen. Binay. 

The 46-year-old legislator is seeking a fresh 6-year term under her father, former vice president Jejomar Binay Sr’s United Nationalist Alliance political party. She placed in the 8th to 15th bracket in the Pulse Asia pre-election survey from May 3 to 6.

In an interview, political science professor Edmund Tayao said he is alarmed by reports that the Commission on Elections does not have extra ballots for voters whose ballots were rejected by the vote counting machines. 

"What I remember is if it is not the voter's fault, you are entitled to another ballot. Kung kasalanan mo, you will no longer be given another ballot," he said in a separate ANC interview. 

He added that the rejected votes could "very well spell the difference" in some electoral races.