PPCRV: VCM malfunctions cause delay in delivery of election returns

Published May 15, 2019, 5:33 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco 

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said some malfunctioning vote counting machines (VCMs) may have been a factor in the late delivery of election returns to its command center in Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.

A poll clerk helps an IT technician to remove a ballot jammed inside the voting counting machine at a polling precint in Tondo, Manila on Monday. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
A poll clerk helps an IT technician to remove a ballot jammed inside the voting counting machine at a polling precint in Tondo, Manila on Monday.
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

PPCRV Executive Director Maribel Buenaobra said some of the malfunctioning VCMs are unable to print election returns.

The Church-based poll watchdog group is given the fourth copy of the election returns to manually encode and validate with the digitally transmitted results at their command center.

As of Wednesday morning, 961 or about 1.12 percent of the 85,769 VCMs reportedly malfunctioned.

However, PPCRV National Chairperson Myla Villanueva said the figure is still small and is no cause for alarm.

Buenaobra said the PPCRV received “close to 10 percent” of the election returns on Tuesday night. Earlier, Dr. Arwin Serrano, a PPCRV board member, said they were hoping to receive 50 percent of the election returns by Wednesday morning.

Buenaobra said this is “still normal” because they are only on their third day of encoding.

The poll watchdog official said it will take weeks before they receive all the election returns, especially those coming from island provinces. #MatalinongBoto2019

 
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