Minor glitches reported in Baguio during 2016 polls


THE Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Baguio recorded minor glitches during the elections held May 9.

According to PPCRV-Baguio ground coordinator Fr. Manuel Flores, Jr, technical glitches on the vote counting machines (VCMs), issuance of receipt and voters not included in the master list were experienced in the different polling precincts.

“There was this incident wherein hindi in-accept ng VCM yung ballot kasi nasulatan yung right side nung balota, it was clear naman na kapag may mga unnecessary marks ay hindi na ito tatanggapin ng VCM,” Fr. Flores said.

In Rizal Elementary School, a voter claimed the receipt did not print the actual candidates voted.

“Meron tayong case dito sa Pacdal, a misprinted receipt ang ipinagawa sa kanya ng BEI is to write a letter which signifies na mali yung nasa receipt,” Flores said adding the Comelec and Board of Election Inspectors immediately solved these problems.

In Baguio, eight VCMs were replaced with new VCMs while three had technical glitch but repaired immediately by the Comelec technicians.

Another problem which the PPCRV saw was the voters’ names that were not included in the Comelec master list.

“Each polling precinct kasi meron tayong mga PPCRV volunteer tumutulong sila to find each voter’s name, kagaya sa Pinget marami ang hindi nila mahanap ang pangalan nila sa hard copy ng master list what we did was to check sa soft copy, most of them were found sa soft copy,” Flores narrated.

Those voters’ who were not found in the master list both in the hard copy and soft copy were ask to go to Comelec to check whether they were registered or not.

“May case din tayo dito sa Lucban Elementary School, we could not find her name kahit nagpa-biometrics naman so we ask her to go to Comelec, nagpunta siya sa Comelec at binigyan siya ng letter indicating her precint number and name at nakaboto naman siya,” Flores said.

“We also had similar cases sa Aurora Hill pero hindi na naming na-monitor kung nakaboto ba sila or wala talaga silang name kasi hindi sila nakapagpa-validate,” Flores stated.

Flores added some were complaining because the names of the deceased were still on the master list.

In the omnibus election code, the names of the deceased will only be deleted in the voter’s list if an affidavit of death was presented to the Comelec.

Flores then closed voters should be responsible enough in casting their votes and in checking whether they are registered or not before the day of the elections. (With reports from Princess Dela Cruz/Colegio De Dagupan Intern)

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