NEW VOTE COUNTING MACHINES ARRIVE IN TRICKLES

NEW VOTE COUNTING MACHINES ARRIVE IN TRICKLES

MANILA — A total of 40 vote counting machines (VCMs) are already in the country with the bulk of the units are expected to arrive later this month until January 2016, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

According to Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, the initial number of machines arrived in the country last Oct. 2 with 5 units, and received another 34 machines early this month.

“We are expecting 6,000 units by November 30. For December we are expecting about 17,500 units and for January the rest of almost 31,000 units,” he said in an earlier interview.

Counting Machine JAIL JACINTO/NorthboundPH
Counting Machine JAIL JACINTO/NorthboundPH

As for the additional 3,540 units, the poll body official said that they expect these machines to be delivered around end of March.

It would be recalled that the Comelec has decided to acquire additional VCMs for next year’s polls.

On the other hand, Lim reported that the new warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where the new machines will be stored, is expected to be fully functional by middle of next month.

Aside from using as storage, the warehouse will be utilized as production area among others.

“We call it the production line. There’s a room there we call it memory configuration room, that’s where they produce all the SD cards etc.,” he explained.

The Laguna warehouse has an area of 48,000 square meters and will be leased for one year in the amount of P69 million. Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA