Senate to probe vote-counting machine malfunctions


Posted at May 15 2019 11:56 AM

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MANILA - The Senate will look into the vote counting machine glitches that marred this week's midterm elections, after the poll body admitted that faulty units tripled this year compared to the 2016 polls, Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said Wednesday. 

The machines earlier underwent diagnostic and software tests, but hundreds still bogged down on election day, noted the senator.

"Ang tingnan nila (Comelec) iyung testing nila, baka naman napakababaw ng testing nila at puro pasa lang nang pasa," he told radio DZMM. 

(They should look at their tests, these could have been shallow, allowing VCMs to pass easily.) 

Around 400 to 600 out of the 85,000 vote counting machines in precincts across the country encountered glitches, while the total number of VCM problems in the 2016 elections was at 188, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said Monday. 

Faulty marking pens that bled through the ballot meanwhile were replaced before election day, he said. 

The joint congressional oversight committee on the automated elections system chaired by Pimentel will look into the issues on June 3, he said. 

"Pang-apat na kasing automated elections ito. Hindi pa ba tayo natuto?" said Pimentel. 

(This is already our fourth automated elections. Haven't we learned yet?) 

DZMM, 15 May 2019