Faulty VCMs greet voters in Monday’s elections PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:39

Millions of Filipino voters who flocked to polling precincts to elect a new president and other leaders Monday, were by greeted by paper jams, and faulty machines.

The glitches prompted the Commission on Elections to extend the voting period in some polling precincts.

Many of the machines would not accept the ballots fed into them, causing paper jams at several poll precincts in eight of the dozens of schools turned into voting centers in Zamboanga City.

GMA also received reports of glitches in Isabela City, Basilan province, Romblon, Negros Oriental, Tacloban City, Roxas City, Capiz and Masbate in the central Philippines as well as in several voting centers in Metro Manila.

For every hour that the voting is delayed, another hour was added to the voting period.

Firebrand Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is favorite to win the presidency, despite controversial campaign comments and a hardline stance on criminals.

Recent opinion polls showed Duterte comfortably ahead of his four rivals.

Election campaigning has been driven by concerns about corruption, the economy and inequality.

Voting started at 6 a.m. and was initially expected to finish at 5 p.m, however such delays may see it extended to 7 p.m.

Most of voters had to endure long lines in extreme heat — temperatures across the archipelago averaged 37 to 38 degrees — as senior citizens and voters with children were given priority.

In Cebu City, in the country’s central region, a 46-year-old woman died of suspected heat stroke while waiting for her turn to vote, while another voter fainted while waiting her turn.