Comelec brings vote counting machines to malls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Bacolod City has set up vote counting machines (VCM) in four malls to allow voters to try them out before the May 9 national and local elections.

Demonstrations on VCM usage started on Thursday, March 10, at Robinsons Place Bacolod, SM City Bacolod, 888 Premier Mall, and Gaisano Grand from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The VCMs are intended to replace the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in previous elections.

City Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said this was part of Comelec's voters’ education campaign.

During the demonstration, Comelec staff would give the public a chance to see how the VCM is operated and how voters would be able to cast their votes by entering ballots into the machine, she added.

Majarucon-Sia said Comelec personnel would also answer any questions by the public.

On Friday, March 11, the Comelec in Talisay City would also hold a demonstration at The District North Point during mall hours, she added.

Earlier this month, about 150 teachers who will serve as members of the Board of Election Inspectors in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental underwent training in the conduct of polls and the usage of VCMs.

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