VCM glitches delay voting process; voting time extended to 6PM in selected precints

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Monday, 9 May 2016 - Last Updated on February 5, 2017

Poll watchdog Kontradaya said the technical glitches experienced on election day, particularly the malfunctioning of Vote Counting Machines viagra vs cialis vs levitra forum (VCMs) is a result of the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) non-compliance with the provision of Republic Act 9369 Automated Election System Section 11 that requires the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) of the AES to accomplish certification process not later than three months before the date of the election.

Comelec’s TEC certification was obtained only on April 30, 2016, or more is viagra same as cialis than week before election day.

“We have been receiving reports, both from news organizations as well as from our own watchers of malfunctioning VCMs. These malfunctioning VCMs result in the BEI asking the voters to leave with them the filled-up but unread ballots and in some cases – voters being reportedly asked to sign waivers if they choose to leave with them the unread ballots,” said Kontradaya legal counsel Atty. Jonjon Montemayor.

“These practices are contrary to the spirit of a clean, orderly and credible elections,” Montemayor said

“The belated and anomalous certification of the VCMs as to its proper, secure and accurate operation is leading to all sorts of problems that the VCMs are now experiencing, problems which the COMELEC should have foreseen and prepared for adequately,” Kontradaya said.

Instead of providing a

quick and reliable replacement for the malfunctioning VCMs as provided for by the COMELEC’s continuity plan under Resolution 10101, voters are now being asked to leave with the BEI their filled-up but unread ballot. This renders nugatory Sec. 40 cialis4saleonline-rxstore of COMELEC Resolution 10057, as amended by Resolution No. 10088, which grants the voter the opportunity to verify his or her vote through a receipt, a requirement which the Supreme Court unanimously mandated the cialis 5mg daily cost COMELEC to comply with.

This avoidable contingency makes the voting process all the more vulnerable to fraud and tampering. Worse, the inability of the COMELEC to timely provide replacement VCMs can result to the disenfranchisement of voters if the ballots are not read at all or the voters are forced to leave without even casting their vote because of the delays.

Comelec chair Andres Bautista said in a press conference that the poll body received reports of problems, errors and defects with regard to the VCMS from 2,500 polling precints but “some of these problems were immediately fixed.”

The poll body announce the extension of voting time to 6PM in polling precints that opened by 9AM or later due to VCM problems.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that in 2013, at least 1,300 VCM malfunctioned compared to the 150 VCMs that malfunctioned and were replaced as of 2PM today.

The Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, the citizen arm of Comelec, announced that 43% of votes were already transmitted to the central server.



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