TACLOBAN CITY- About 65 vote counting machines (VCMs) used in various polling precincts in the region have malfunctioned.
This was disclosed by Police Director Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos.
During the conduct of the balloting on Monday, 5,503 VCMs were used across the region.
Based on their monitoring, Carlos said that of the 65 VCMs that developed technical problems, 21 were in Leyte; 17 in Biliran; 12 in Eastern Samar; five in Southern Leyte; four each in Samar and Northern Samar and two in Ormoc City.
The technical glitches encountered in the polling precincts ranged from paper jams to malfunctioned machines which resulted in the delay of the voting process.
Some of these defective machines failed to read the ballots as reported.
However, the regional office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) immediately replaced them or have them repaired.
“(But) despite of these technical problems of the VCMs, there is really nothing to worry about. It has been properly addressed by the Comelec,” Carlos said.