Calls Escalate for Extension of Voting Hours

Pauline Marie C. Arada

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) faced calls for a voting hour extension as citizens encountered issues with their polling precincts.

Malfunctions of vote-counting machines (VCM), along with long lines owing to health protocol enforcement, indicate a probability that many voters will not be able to vote until 7 pm on Monday.

Pertaining to this, COMELEC Commissioner George Garcia reported that as of 10 a.m., partially 1,867 VCM problem instances had been addressed. This represents 1.74 percent of all the voting machines in the 2022 elections.

Furthermore, as COMELEC established contingency plans, voters had options to wait for them to manually input their ballots or batch-feed the ballot at a later time accompanied by spectators; voters insisted on waiting for possible VCM replacements.

Ergo, this resulted to huge queues, with people reporting to have waited for more than three hours.

Published: April 19, 2022