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Comelec explains use of fewer counting machines for 2019 polls

/ 03:50 PM April 26, 2019
Comelec explains use of fewer counting machines for 2019 polls

A Comelec employee demonstrates the use of a Vote Counting Machine. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / ALEXIS CORPUZ

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will utilize 85,000 Vote Counting Machines (VCM) for the May 13 elections, fewer than the 92,000 VCMs used in the 2016 elections.

According to Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas Jr., deputy project director of the poll body’s Project Management Office, the number of VCMs for the 2019 midterm elections is fewer because the number of registered voters in a clustered precinct has been increased from 800 voters to 1,000 per clustered precinct.

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“Ganito ang nangyari kasi, we decided to purchase the VCMs at tumaas din naman ang registered voters natin. Hindi puwede na ganun pa rin ang number of voters per precinct,” Elnas said in a press briefing.

“Hind kakayanin with the same allocation,” he added.

The Comelec official also said that another 7,000 VCMs will be on standby as a contingency measure.

The Comelec has also started training public school teachers who will serve as board of election inspectors on May 13.

On election day, Elnas said the Comelec will set up “emergency polling precincts” for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. /jpv

READ: Comelec starts dispatching ballots to priority areas for May polls

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