A VOTE counting machine (VCM) encountered a “write protect” procedural glitch during the first day of testing in the ongoing seminar conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the Board of Election Inspectors in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.

Provincial Elections Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said a button on the machine was pressed too many times, resulting in the “write protect” error, but the rest of the VCMs ran smoothly on the first day.

At the Bacolod Pavilion Hotel, 30 VCMs were tested with 10 acting as spares.

Ananoria said the first batch of participants would finish the two-day training today, then another batch would follow in three venues until March 22.

A certificate means that the BEIs are ready to operate the VCMs for the May 9 elections, he added.

Separate VCMs were assigned for the participants of the seminars held at Forest Park and Check-Inn Pension.

Meanwhile, Ananoria said the re-shuffling of election officers in Negros Occidental is expected any time soon.

Ananoria himself replaced lawyer Jessie Suarez, who is now in Antique, in the re-shuffling of election supervisors in Western Visayas. (TDE)