Issue of February 3, 2019

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Comelec rolls out VCM roadshow
by PNA

The Commission on Elections rolled out a four-day road show to inform voters about the vote-counting machine (VCM).

The road show aims to orient the public on how the VCM works, according to Comelec-Baguio election officer John Paul Martin.

Baguio’s schedule is from Jan. 28 to 31 and on Feb. 28. The road show will also be brought to Benguet and the rest of the Cordillera for demonstration.

The road show was held at the University of Baguio with about 150 students as participants, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and its parishioners, and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

The road show on Feb. 28 is for media practitioners in Baguio.

Martin said the VCM is an upgraded version of the one used in the 2016 national and local elections.

He said it processes the ballots faster and it issues a high-quality, updated, and verified receipt.

He added that the VCM reads the bar code printed on the ballot that contains the precinct number for compatibility and has a simpler menu that is more convenient and manageable for the board of election inspectors.

Martin said the VCM that would be used for the mid-term election was installed with more security features to safeguard the integrity of the election.

The voter’s receipt will contain the names voted, verifying that the machine counted the votes.

He said the receipt is left with the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) and placed in a separate compartment, which can be accessed in case of an election protest.

A trial session was conducted with the interested official filling up and inserting the ballot, and receiving the voter’s receipt.

Lawyer Melchor Carlos Rabanes, who was one of those who tried to cast his vote, said he under-voted for the councilor and over-voted for mayor.

The receipt showed the result, reflecting the votes of the councilors and did not credit a vote to any of the candidates for mayor.

Councilor Mylene Yaranon expressed concern that the voter’s receipt would lead to vote buying with the owner allowed to take a photo of the receipt.

“There is no guideline yet as to the prohibition (of) taking a picture of the receipt, as well as the prohibition (of) bringing a cellphone inside the precinct,” Martin said.

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