Comelec sees high turnout of votes in Sarangani despite rains, PCOS glitches

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 10 – The elections in most parts of Sarangani Province proceeded as normal despite the heavy rains since this morning that already flooded several villages in the area, an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Mantil Alim, Comelec-Sarangani supervisor, said Monday afternoon that majority of the province’s 379 clustered precincts were able to conduct the automated voting based on reports coming from Comelec personnel in the province’s seven municipalities.

“The rains were very minimal this morning so majority of the residents were able to cast their votes,” he told the Philippines News Agency in a phone interview.

He said the rains intensified at around 1:00 p.m. but it did not stop the voters from remaining at their queues infront of their polling precincts.

Alim said the seven municipal Comelec offices have yet to update them regarding the turnout of voters but he said the initial feedback from the field turned were so far favorable.

“We’re expecting a high turnout when the voting officially closes at 7 p.m.,” he said.

Alim admitted that they encountered technical problems with some of the precinct count optical scan, or PCOS, machines that were deployed in Alabel and Glan towns but they already resolved them.

He said the assigned Board of Election Inspector (BEI) in Barangay Datal Anggas was forced to revert to manual voting after the assigned PCOS machine has malfunctioned.

Barangay Datal Anggas is one of the remotest villages in Alabel and is only accessible by foot or a horse ride that usually take at least half a day.

Alim said the BEI’s proceeded with the voting but the counting would be done at the canvassing center at the town proper.

In Glan town, Comelec personnel also decided to conduct manual voting at precinct no. 6 in Glan Central Elementary School after the deployed PCOS machine failed to function properly.

The glitch was later traced to the machine’s rejection of the wrong ballots that were delivered to the precinct.

“So far, everything has been going on smoothly and we expect this to continue until the closing of the polling precincts,” he added.(PNA)

RMA/AVE

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