VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES MALFUNCTION BOTHERS MARCOS

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES MALFUNCTION BOTHERS MARCOS

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Presidential vice-presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed concern over the software problems encountered by the Commission on Elections in its automated voting system.

Marcos relayed his fear after 1 to 2 percent of ballots were rejected by vote-counting machines (VCMs) during a ballot verification test conducted recently by the Comelec in Manila.

“Yes the glitches bother me. Every time the Comelec prepares for election, it will not run smoothly. All of us are worried. It could be just a simple problem but it scared us. The problem in the source code is the root of all problems (in the canvassing and transmittal of election results,” Marcos said in press conference here.

With 50 million ballots to be printed for the May polls, the rejection rate would be between 500,000 to 1 million ballots, according to Mike Santos of international certifier SLI Global Solutions.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez explained that the rejection of ballots was due to “splatters” from the ink jet printers being used.

Marcos said that with the discovery of the glitches, they will now strictly monitor the system being done by Comelec and the potential abuse in election results.

“Every time there is problem, of course we are studying it. That’s something we would continue to monitor and make sure that everything is okay. Even the possible delay (of transmittal in election results),” Marcos said.

However, Marcos said he is confident that the Comelec is not the one doing the glitches because these are just ‘logistical problems’ that can be fixed.

“I think the Comelec is trying very hard to make everything okay,” Marcos said who held his campaign sorties here and in the towns of San Juan, Naguilian and Agoo.

He added that he still hopes that the result of the elections would be credible despite the problems encountered by the Comelec.

Marcos was accompanied in his sorties here by provincial leaders led by Mario Ortega, the gubernatorial bet of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. JUN ELIAS/northboundasia.com