Electric fans solve the day for VCM glitches in Calamba City polling area

May 10, 2016 5:18 am 

By Zen Trinidad

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna May 9 (PNA) – – Four of the seven Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) installed at the Villa de Calamba Subdivision voting center in Lamesa Village here malfunctioned three times which could have caused voting to be delayed here.

The culprit according to a VCM technician was the soaring temperature with the heat factor at its peak at noontime.

The situation has prompted the assigned technician to find an otherwise technical solution: electric fan to cool down the machines just as voters have to beat the heat by fanning.

Lailane Valerio, a technician of Ventureslink Inc., one of the poll body’s deputized technical troubleshooters, said that the VCMs “operates well in a cold temperature” and just like any digital machines, they stop to function at high temperature.

“The vote counting machines are meant for cold temperature. During our training, the rooms were air-conditioned,” Valerio said in comparison to the rather hot atmosphere where the VCMs were installed in the Lamesa village voting area.

”I noticed that as the temperature inside the covered court was highest at noontime, the VCMs malfunctioned until the machine’s temperature slowly cooled down,” the VCM technician said.

Valerio added that after experiencing three malfunctions, she suggested placing an electric fan at the back of the machine and that solved the problem.

The four VCMs assigned to her suffered snags when the heat factor soared at noontime in the covered court compared with the three other VCMs located inside the rather cooler rooms of the Day Care Center and Senior Citizen’s building. Those inside the cooler rooms did not malfunction although the equipment just slowed down in printing the voters’ receipts.

Mercy Aviles, a poll watcher detailed at polling precinct 160 shared the same observation that the machine suffered the technical glitch at noontime’s high temperature.

”Generally, the malfunction of the machine did not affect the voting process as it was solved right away,” said Eduardo Estillo, Board of Election Inspector (BEI) of polling precint 160.

”The polling area has three clusters with 746 registered voters where 575 of this voted from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,” Estillo said. (PNA)



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