PPCRV swamped with calls over faulty vote counting machines

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 07:42 PM

MANILA - The midterm elections was relatively peaceful, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said Monday, but the poll watchdog had received more calls compared to previous polls over faulty vote counting machines. 

“Matahimik naman daw. Kinausap ko ang volunteers natin doon ng PPCRV, AFP and PNP…Mukhang mahinahon naman so we are very happy about the peace and order situation,” said PPCRV chair Myla Villanueva.

Villanueva said she has been going around precincts, from Muntinlupa to Marikina. 

However, she said they have been “receiving more calls now” compared to previous elections. Callers mostly complained about the vote counting machines in their precincts. 

The Commission on Elections earlier announced that as of 2 p.m., 400 to 600 out of the 85,000 VCMs encountered glitches.

Villanueva said the percentage was relatively small and should not be a major cause of concern.

But she said the malfunctioning VCMs still negatively affected voters' experience. 

Online, voters also complained of faulty vote machines. 

POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT

Villanueva said Comelec could improve its Emergency Accessible Polling places, as the poll watchdog observed that senior citizens and persons with disabilities had a hard time casting their vote. 

“I think the process can be improved for the next elections,” she said.

PPCRV’s more crucial work of matching election returns to the results of the transparency server will most likely start Tuesday when the ERs are finally received by the command center.

“Our primary work here is to validate the election returns,” she said, explaining that it will ensure that there is no cheating or “dagdag-bawas.”

They continue to call for volunteer encoders who can contact them through their Facebook page.

The encoding and matching might take up to 3 weeks.