By Jezza A. Nepomoceno
BACOLOD CITY, May 13 (PNA) — The proclamation of winners in the local election in Negros Occidental could not be made at midnight after 11 compact flash (CF) cards of Precinct Count Optical Scan machines were found defective on Election Day.
Seven of these defective memory cards were affecting the counting and transmission of votes in Sagay City while others were in Calatrava, Isabela, La Castellana and Victorias City.
Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Wil Arceno also disclosed that they found 54 defective PCOS back-up CF cards in 12 local government units in the province.
Most of these defective back-up CF cards were in Bacolod City (19), Kabankalan City (nine), Bago City (six), Silay City (four), and Pontevedra (four).
Others were in Binalbagan (three), Isabela (three), Cauayan (two), Hinoba-an, Valladolid, Talisay City, and Don Salvador Benedicto.
Arceno said unless new CF cards from their central office in Metro Manila will arrive, they cannot complete the counting and transmission of votes.
“We cannot do anything but to wait for the replacement to arrive tomorrow,” Arceno told the Philippines News Agency.
Arceno said he has directed the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in affected areas to collate the ballots and seal them inside the PCOS box.
To promote transparency, Arceno said they are planning to transfer the uncounted ballots to the social hall of the Provincial Capitol where the canvassing is being held.
Meanwhile, of the 2,044 issued PCOS machines for Negros Occidental, 69 were found defective in 20 local government units.
Most of the PCOS machines malfunctioned in San Carlos City (14), Calatrava (eight), and Silay City (seven).
The problem forced the concerned BEIs to make the voting process manual in affected areas. (PNA)