Comelec starts testing, sealing VCMs in Zambo City


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) started Tuesday the distribution, testing, and sealing of vote-counting machines (VCMs) in this southern port city.

Lawyer Stephen Roy Cañete, first district election officer, said the priority in the distribution of VCMs are the polling precincts in far-flung barangays.

“We asked permission, and we were given the authority by the Comelec central office to start the distribution of VCMs early,” Cañete said.

“In case there will be glitches, we still have enough time to replace the defective VCM,” he added.

There are 10 ballots in each of the VCMs for testing and sealing purposes.

Cañete noted that in previous elections, they had to rush things once a machine was found to be defective since the distribution of all the VCMs is simultaneously delivered two days before election day.

The VCMs were received by the school principal after the testing and sealing procedure, he said.

Representatives from the different political parties and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the accredited Comelec’s citizens arm, witnessed the testing and sealing of VCMs.

This city, which comprises two congressional districts, has a total of 403,464 registered voters.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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