Celso notes long queues in precincts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:36

Noting the long queues in precincts yesterday morning, Mayor Celso Lobregat reiterated his appeal for registered voters to extend their patience and persevere if only to be able to exercise their right of suffrage.

Lobregat, who is running for the District 1 congressional seat, himself spent almost two hours in queuing before casting his vote at precinct 0027A at the East Central School. He arrived at the precinct past 10am and was able to vote past 12 noon.

“Endenantes aga pa came, bien largo el pila pero we are happy that people are going out to vote”, the mayor said after casting his vote. “Ta apela lang yon a maga vivientes tene gayot pasencia, man linia gayot hasta puede entra na presinto”.

He continued: “It took us over one hour but it was worth the wait”.

Lobregat also personally experienced temporary glitches in the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine at his precinct as the machine rejected his shaded ballot three times before it finally accepted the said ballot.

“Tres beses  yo ya pruba antes el PCOS machine ya abla comigo “congratulations”. Even the voter before me also had to repeat the process two to three times”, the mayor disclosed.

Reports of PCOS machine malfunction was reported in several precincts in the city but voting continued, as the board of election inspectors asked voters to just shade their ballots which will be fed later to the PCOS as soon as it the machine is fixed or to other PCOS machines. The process however, resulted to long queues, crowding at polling centers and forcing some voters to just go home.

Yesterday’s mid-term election was the second automated polls in the country that led to the clustering of as much as 3-4 precincts into one with roughly 700-1,000 registered voters per cluster.

Voting yesterday started at 7am and ended at 7pm but voters within the 30-meter distance from the precincts were still allowed to cast their vote after 7pm. Canvassing of ballots was expected to proceed late last night at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall at R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Meanwhile, aside from the long queues due to malfunctioning of PCOS machines, Lobregat and the Team PNoy headquarters also received other reports including violations by other parties such as vote buying in some precincts specifically in Cabatangan and Pasonanca and other barangays. — Rey Carbonel