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Voter Complains About the “Broken” Smartmatic In Daraga, Albay

VOTER – An unnamed voter in Daraga, Albay said Smartmatic should be called “Sira-matic.”

Electronic voting machine Smartmatic is designed to make elections more transparent, fast, and auditable.

The election technology has been used in several countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Sierra Leone, and the Philippines among others.

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Smartmatic was used in the Philippines since the year 2010 to 2016. Lots of accusations were hurled against the machines but there has been no evidence.

Despite the allegations, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) utilize the electronic voting machine for the 2019 national and local elections.

Today, May 13, Filipino voters are now piled up to their designated precincts to vote for their favorite candidates.

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On the Facebook Page of Inquirer, they uploaded several photos of the voters at Tagas Elementary School, Daraga Albay.

Based on their caption, an unnamed voter said the Smartmatic on their precinct was malfunctioning.

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Photo Source: @Inquirer FB

They also further stated on the caption that the voting in the said school has been temporarily stopped.

It can be seen on the photos that the voters were stuck on the voting line. An old man sitting on a chair poorly waits for the voting to start.

We can all hope that the queuing on that elementary school will start very soon.

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Photo Source: @Inquirer FB

The post garnered mixed reactions from the netizens. Here are some of their comments on the post:

@Fe Tiu: “Bakit ganyan, dapat extend rin ang time of voting…”

@Che Che: “Think better do it manually and see the result after one month”

@Flor G Ferrer: “Ano ba yan halos lahat ng lugar mayroong sirang machine paano na yan… dayaan ang malinaw dyan…”

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