BACOLOD CITY, May 13 — Manual voting were observed in some parts of Negros Occidental following the breakdown of 16 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines on Election Day.
Lt. Col. Efren Marados of 62nd Infantry Battalion told the PNA that there were 10 PCOS machines that malfunctioned in their area.
Of the ten, five were repaired by PCOS technicians.
The defective PCOS machines were located in Pandanon Elementary School in Don San Benedicto town, Medina Elementary School in San Carlos City and in Lipat-on Elementary School, Telim Elementary School and Ilaya Elementary School, all in San Carlos City.
At 2:00 pm, Marados reported that two PCOS machines were damaged in SCMCI Elementary School and Sora Elementary School in San Carlos City.
One PCOS machine in Sta. Teresa Elementary School in Manapla town also malfunctioned.
Marados said municipal and city election officers in affected polling centers instructed to conduct the manual voting and for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) to collect the ballots.
Marados said ballots in precincts with defective PCOS machines were loaded to neighboring precincts with functional PCOS machines.
In Bacolod City, manual voting was also observed after eight PCOS machines became unserviceable, according to Election Officer Milagros Salud Villanueva.
Comelec has delivered 2,044 PCOS machines in Negros Occidental, while 311 for Bacolod City.
Of the total PCOS machines, 13 of which were found defective during the final testing and sealing last May 10 and were replaced on the eve of the election. (PNA)