A few days before the May 10 elections. Machine glitches in reading votes. Recall of memory cards from counting machines. No cellphone signals at nearly 5,000 polling precints.
An election news round-up by the Manila Bulletin Reportorial Team said precint count optical scan (PCOS) machines during today’s mock polls failed to read the actual votes cast. In most cases, the PCOS machines failed to read votes for certain candidates.
PCOS machines used during the mock polls in some Makati schools only counted votes for mayoral candidates Erwin Genuino and Agapito Aquino while those of mayoralty bets Councilor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-jun” Binay Jr. and Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado were not counted by the machines, the report said.
The same error happened in Taguig, wherein votes for a congressional candidate were not read by the PCOS machines. The problem was uncovered when the automated count did not match the parallel manual count.
In Occidental Mindoro, something weirder happened: votes for top presidential bets Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. and Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III went to Lakas-Kampi-CMD bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro in the automated counting.