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Erratic PCOS Machines, Questionable Procedures Mar Olongapo Polls

Olongapo City – As in other voting centers in the city and the rest of the country, the PCOS machine for room 49 of East Tapinac Elementary School where 5 precincts – 0171A, 0172A, 0173A, 0174A & 0174B – were clustered, failed to read ballots and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) made many voters to leave their ballots which were simply stacked on top of the machine.

The PCOS machine for room 49 of East Tapinac Elementary School where 5 precincts – 0171A, 0172A, 0173A, 0174A & 0174B – were clustered, failed to read ballots. SBN/VVVphoto
The PCOS machine for room 49 of East Tapinac Elementary School where 5 precincts – 0171A, 0172A, 0173A, 0174A & 0174B – were clustered, failed to read ballots and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) made many voters leave their ballots which were simply stacked on top of the machine. SBN/VVVphoto

The BEI, which did not provide any secured box with which to put the ballots, explained that they themselves will retry to feed the ballots to the PCOS machine later in the day, hoping that the machine will successfully read them or otherwise, a manual count will be conducted.

The same problem plagued other precincts, not only at East Tapinac, but in many other voting centers in Olongapo City, as well.

Meanwhile, voters also complained that watchers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), in the guise of assisting voters to feed the ballots to the PCOS machine, were actually looking at who the voter voted for. (VVV) #

 

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