Elections in Pasay City peaceful; 2 VCMs encounter problems

The conduct of national and local elections in Pasay City was generally peaceful, the city police reported Monday, May 9.

According to Col. Cesar Paday-os, Pasay City Police chief, they have not encountered any poll-related violation since the start of election.

However, Paday-os said two vote-counting machines (VCMs) at the Bernabe Elementary School and Pasay City East High School encountered problems at 12 noon, which was immediately acted upon by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials.

The police official said that voting in four cluster precincts -- 244, 0217A, 0217B and 0217D -- at the Bernabe Elementary School and in precinct 567 at Pasay East High School was delayed due to defective VCMs.

Paday-os said the VCMs were pulled out at the two schools and brought to the Comelec office in Intramuros by Election Assistant II Maria Manuel and Jan Tugas for repair or replacement.

He said the two VCMs were returned to the polling precincts at about 5:10 p.m.