Final testing, sealing of VCMs in Iloilo set Friday

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Iloilo is ready for the final testing and sealing of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and Voter Registration Verification Machines (VRVMs) on Friday, May 10.

Iloilo provincial Comelec supervisor, lawyer Roberto Salazar, said the final testing and sealing will be conducted by the electoral board, particularly the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), in their respective polling precincts.

In an interview Thursday, Salazar identified areas that are difficult to access by the Comelec because of its location.

“There are areas that you need to trek and are hard to be reached for the delivery of election paraphernalia and supplies,” he said. These areas are parts of the towns of Alimodian, Leon, San Joaquin, Miag-ao, and Carles.

He said the “general rule” is the final testing and sealing is done on the respective polling precincts but machines assigned to far-flung areas can also be tested and sealed in the town proper.

“Those to be deployed in far-flung areas will be tested and sealed in the town proper so we need not transport the machine back and forth mountainous areas in case there are problems,” he said.

After the final testing and sealing, the machine will be secured by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the polling precincts.

The official ballots, meanwhile, have already been transported to municipalities in the province.

Salazar said the release of these ballots to respective precincts depend on the municipal treasurer.

Remote areas can also request for the ballots to be delivered earlier.

“But generally, the ballots are distributed at 2 to 3 in the morning of the election day,” he said.

The official ballots for Iloilo and Guimaras were safely delivered last Saturday, May 4.

The number of ballots that arrived totaled 1.5 million, which corresponds to the number of voters both in the city and province of Iloilo.

The ballots for Guimaras totaled 119, 541, which also corresponded to its number of registered voters.

Salazar assured that the polling precincts and the delivery of election paraphernalia are being secured by the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.PNA

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