The “minor glitches” experienced by the vote counting machines (VCMs) used in the election in Puerto Princesa were quickly resolved by standby technicians, a city Commission on Elections (COMELEC) official said.
Girlie Pacamarra, acting city elections officer, said Wednesday these involved one defective secure digital (SD) memory card and four VCMs.
She said there were only minimal reports of VCMs malfunctioning during election day and their technicians were able to fix the problem as soon as possible.
The VCM glitch was reported in one unit in Barangay Bancao-Bancao at the Mauricio Reynoso Sr. Elementary School, two units in Barangay Tiniguiban, and another in Barangay San Manuel.
Pacamarra said the glitches were caused by paper jams of ballots that got stuck in the VCM entry slots.
“Minor lang ‘yan [kung ikukumpara mo sa iba. Wala nga halos, kasi na-solve natin agad ‘yon. Ang suwerte natin dito sa totoo lang… ang kagandahan ay naka-prepara [tayo] ng maayos. Mabilisan nga, natapos agad,” she pointed out.
Pacamarra said trained technicians assigned to the polling areas in the city immediately resolved the problems.
Puerto Princesa City has 153, 851 registered voters spread out in 188 clustered precincts.
The COMELEC reported a 71.67 percent voter turnout or 110,287 voters on May 13.