Mock elections held Saturday hit a slight snag at a barangay in Quezon City when one of the polling precincts encountered a signal problem which stalled the process for a few minutes.
The glitch involving one of the vote counting machines (VCM) in Toro Hills Elementary School at Barangay Toro was immediately resolved, an election officer said in Victoria Tulad’s “24 Oras: Weekend” report.
“Nagkaroon ng problema doon sa modem ng internet connection. Paulit-ulit po naming sinunod ‘yung step ng na sa VCM hanggang nagawa po namin,” Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) Michelle Jumagdao said.
Moreover, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave assurance that it has protocols in place should polling precincts encounter similar problems during the actual elections set for May 13.
The Comelec carried out mock elections in 60 different precincts across the country on Saturday to test out its new automated system.
To speed things up this year, polling stations will use a machine that scans the fingerprint of a person to identify if he or she is a registered voter.
Roberto Laureta, who claims to be a registered voter, said the machine he tried failed to recognize his fingerprint after several tries.
“Wala daw ‘yung pangalan ko doon. Sa fingerprint. Nag-negative siya. Tapos doon sa manual na listahan, wala din ‘yung pangalan ko. Hindi ako naka-register dito,” he said.
The simulation started at 6 a.m. but some precincts closed their doors as early as noon.
The results were then communicated to the Comelec’s transparency service center.
A signal problem reportedly caused a sight delay in the transmission of results from some areas such as Region 9, but the information eventually got through. — Margaret Claire Layug/MDM, GMA News