Sunday, February 24, 2019

Comelec tackles possible extension of voting hours

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc is now discussing the possibility of extending the voting hours in some areas due to delays caused by vote-counting machines (VCMs) glitches.

"At 2 o’clock (in the afternoon), we have en banc meeting and I will ask if we can make a change or extension because there are reports that at 9 o’clock and 10 o’clock in the morning, the VCMs are not working," Guanzon told reporters at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

At the meeting, Guanzon said the en banc would decide whether it would approve the extension of voting hours in areas with VCM problems.

"It is only the en banc that can decide whether (voting hours) will be extended or not; the election officer or board elections officers cannot decide alone. What’s important is the decision of the en banc follows the principle of access of all voters to the voting precinct," she said.

Guanzon expressed hope that the voters will be given more time to cast their vote.

She then asked the voters not to worry as the poll body is doing its work in addressing all the concerns that have been relayed to it.

"Let's stay calm because we try to anticipate all the problems. Although not all problems have not been anticipated, we can sole that. All employees of Comelec are prepared, they are prepared because it’s like history repeats itself, they already experienced that so they know what to do," she said. (Sunnex)
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