COMELEC ready with contingency measures in case of power outages in May 13 polls

Published March 13, 2019, 9:44 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has prepared different contingency measures in case of power outages in the May 13 midterm polls.



In an interview, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez revealed that there will be generator sets available especially in areas where there is a high risk of loss of power.

He said the vote counting machine will also have additional batteries.

“We will be providing additional batteries for all our VCMs so that we are able to respond to it quickly,” said Jimenez.

“All things being equal, we expect that there will be enough battery power on a single fully charged battery to last the entire day,” he added.

According to the poll official, the battery life of each VCM can last up to 16 hours.

But Jimenez said they were able to get assurance from electric companies and power providers of priority for election-related activity.

“We give these power providers a list of the critical phases of the election process where we cannot afford not to have a power supply. If there’s any chance at all that power shortage can be scheduled then, they take that in consideration,” he said.

“Ever since the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections they have been very responsive to these requests. This is the same system that we set up for the BSKE, the same system that we deployed to a limited extent for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite and that remains intact and usable for the 2019 elections,” added Jimenez.

To note, there are fears that the El Nino phenomenon might cause power interruptions. #MatalinongBoto2019