Poll Watchdog Group Reports Glitches Spotted During Comelec Mock Polls
COMELEC – During mock polls organized by the Comission on Elections (Comelec), watchdog group Kontra Daya reported several technical glitches.
According to Inquirer, Kontra Daya, based on their report in at least one voting precinct held in Toro Hills Elementary School, also noticed military personnel in the said precinct.
The group said in their statement that:
“As early as 6:10 a.m., there was an error in the transmission diagnostics and it was not until the fourth attempt that the transmission became successful,”Kontra Daya
The group earlier added that there was a problem with the voter registration verification machine as it had difficulty printing a receipt of a voter because of a Bluetooth connection problem between the machine and the printer.
As per the report, Kontra Daya noticed an armed security officer entering the polls, apparently using his phone’s camera to take pictures and stayed for one minute. The group further stressed that armed presence inside a polling precinct is a clear violation of election rules.
The group further added that there were only 82 voters who participated in the mock polls, representing a measly 8 percent of the invited 1,000 voters.
Comelec held mock elections in 60 clustered precincts around the country in order to test different components of the automated election system that is to be used in the upcoming midterm elections.
Comelec further said that they expected several issues to come out during the mock polls. Their spokesperson James jimenez said that as far as being an evaluation tool is concerned, it is good to have a mock election.
Despite this, overall, the mock election was a success, with 59
60 implementation areas were able to transmit results within 30 minutes of the close of voting, said Jimenez.
He further noted that the pilot test of the voter registration verification system and machine was likely successful, thus, generating many insights that will be important as they move forward with the pilot test.
Kontra Daya, on the other hand, hoped that the transmission issues brought about by unstable internet connection and faulty Bluetooth pairing would be taken care of.
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