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Election watchdog group slams COMELEC for higher number of incidents of malfunctioning VCMs

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Election watchdog Kontra Daya showed dismay for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) after more than 600 vote counting machines (VCMs) malfunctioned amidst the 2019 elections.

Kontra Daya convener Prof. Danilo Arao said Smartmatic, the company that supplied the VCMs, recorded a smaller number of  malfunctioning VCMs. He said that only 205 machines broke down in the 2010 elections, 170 in 2013, and 143 in the 2016 polls

Arao added that if you combine the number of malfunctioning VCMs in the previous elections it will be less compared to this year.

“Minsan kasi iniisip natin sino naman ba yung 600, samantala, a little more than 85,000 yung numero ng mga VCM ginagamit sa mga clustered precinct,” Arao said during DZRH’s ACS Balita.

“Kaya lang hindi naman iyan usapin ng maliit na porsyento ng 85,000. ikukumpura din mo dapat iyan sa nag-daang taon,” Arao added.

While 600 is a small portion compared to the more than 85,000 VCMs distributed all over the Philippines, Arao stressed that it could affect ‘tightly contested’ elections for local and national positions. He said that individuals could also question the results of the Senate elections due to the the problems with the machines.

Kung senatorial election iyan, yung ranking sa 10th, 11th, 12th, at 13th doon nagkakatalo, at minsan nagkakademandahan pa,” Arao explained. “Nag-aakusahan na nandaya yung tao na nagkaangat sa posisyon sa ika-12.”

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