Comelec says the May 9 polls went smoothly

May 10, 2016 5:14 am 

MANILA, May 9 — Although there were isolated reports of glitches, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) believed that the just-concluded national and local polls went smoothly.

“Overall, we believe the elections went smoothly. Of course, there were problems encountered,” said Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista when asked about his assessment of the third automated polls in the country.

With this, he admitted that they are trying to take off from their previous performance.

“One thing, we're trying to benchmark our performance this year compared to 2010 and 2013,” the poll body chief said.

He added, “As you know, we are trying to outperform what we’ve done in previous elections, so we will see, let me find out how quick the result of 2010 was released, not only the speed but the accuracy.”

On the other hand, he reported that compared with the previous polls, the number of replacement VCMs (vote counting machines) was lower this year.

Based on the records of Smartmatic, VCM replacement on election day in 2010 was 205 VCMs out of 76,347 = 0.26%; in 2013, 171 out of 77,829 = 0.21%; and for the May 9, 2016 polls, 150 out of 92,509 = 0.15%

For the VCM replacement during the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) and election day in 2010, 535 out of 76,347 = 0.70%; 2013, 345 out of 77,829 = 0.44%; and 2016, 340 out of 92,509 = 0.36%.

Meanwhile, Bautista said there was no available data yet as to the number of voters who participated in this year's polls.

“Turnout at the moment, we aren’t able to provide yet,” he added. (PNA)

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