Comelec replaces 150 VCMs

MANILA, Philippines (Updated) – The Commission on Elections had to replace up to 150 vote counting machines (VCMs) as of 2 p.m. on election day, May 9. 

Poll Commissioner Rowena Guanzon posted the update on her Twitter account, noting that there were more machines that malfunctions during the 2013 elections.  

No further details are available as of this writing. 

Vote machine glitches have been reported in various localities nationwide since polls opened. Vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo encountered a delay when the VCM in her polling station malfunctioned. 

In Central Luzon, a total of 28 VCMs malfunctioned in various parts of Central Luzon on election day, according to Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, director of Police Regional Office 3 in Pampanga.

Lacadin said some of the defective VCMs needed to be replaced.

He said 4 of the VCMs were in Aurora, one in Bataan, 3 in Bulacan, 3 in Nueva Ecija, 6 in Pampanga, 5 in Tarlac, one in Zambales, and 5 in Angeles City. – with reports from Jun Malig/