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Glitches mar 1st day of voters’ registration in Cebu City

/ 05:25 PM August 02, 2019

Technical glitches caused long lines in the first day of the voter’s registration in Cebu City. INQUIRER PHOTO/DALE ISRAEL

CEBU CITY –– Technical glitches caused long lines on the first day of the voters’ registration in Cebu City.

City Election Officer Marchel Sarno said they had compatibility issues with the signature pad and their computers’ peripherals.

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He said the units needed some upgrading too.

Only one unit was functioning as hundreds lined up to process their voter’s registration applications.

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“First factor (for the long lines) is because it is the first day of registration. During the first day and last day of registration, we expect many people to come here,” said Sarno.

He said the problem was being dealt with as they had requested additional units and operators from the Provincial Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) office.

IT experts from the Comelec also worked to upgrade their units as fast as they could.

When the Inquirer visited the Comelec office on Thursday, August 1, people were crowding inside the office.

Some have become impatient and wanted assurance if they could be accommodated within the day or needed to return instead.

As of August 2, Comelec IT experts were still working to solve the problem, while long lines were observed at their office in downtown Cebu City. /lzb

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