Faulty voting machines irk Zambo City voters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:43

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

Zamboanga City was among the many cities and provinces where faulty vote counting machines (VCMs) irked many voters in Monday’s elections.

Few minutes after voting precincts were opened, many voters bowled over VCMs that would accept their ballots fed on it.

One of the machines had to be replaced by another unit in Mulu-Muluan Elementary School under Mercedes District.

Other VCMs experienced overheat, causing delays in the process.

Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) told newsmen that among the four VCMs in the school, one of it suddenly malfunctioned.

BEIs said that after three ballots were inserted into the machine, they noticed that it could not accept anymore more ballots.

t this point, BEIs sought the assistance of the VCM technician but the problem was not fixed, prompting them to report the matter to the Commission on Elections.

Comelec ordered to replace the unit.

Similar problem was experienced to one of the VCMs in Mercedes Central School but was fixed immediately by technicians.

The same thing happened in Culianan Elementary School where in two ballots fed into the machine did not produce receipts for the voters to see if it bore the candidates’ named they voted for. .

Mrs. Laguna, school principal, said the matter was immediately fixed by the technicians.

Same incident also happened to one of the VCMs in Sibulao Elementary School where most of the voters waited for a long time before they were able to cast their vote.

In Tetuan Central School, at least two of the VCMs also experienced the same defect of not producing receipts and some ballots not accepted.

In Boalan Elementary School, the machine had to be replaced. – Dan Toribio