This is just the tip of an iceberg in the Comelec’s readiness in the conduct of the May 9, 2016 elections.
Less than sixteen days before the anticipated national polls, the Commission on Elections agency was confronted with ‘minor’ glitches in the highly anticipated tests of its system, at least in transmission readiness and deployment of ballots to ten test sites around the country.
Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said they transported ballots intended for Pateros to Kapataran in Digos City, and ballots for Digos went to Pateros.
Since it was a deployment test only of 50 ballots, the Comelec rushed the printing of new ones thru the National Printing Office with new i buttons and pins and deployed it to Pateros. The mis-shipped ballots were retrieved and shipped to Digos about 10:30 AM, April 23. Lim noted that the erroneous shipments were noticed at about 9:30 AM.
Comelec was also confronted with the transmission problems in test areas which totally failed to transmit, including Manila.
The poll agency was clueless as to why there was an error in transmission of results as Lim said some areas had to transfer outside to obtain good signal.
Hindi ko alam kung sa labas lang (ng) classroom or lumipat (ng) school,” he said. (I do’nt know if it’s outside of the classroom or (they) transferred to a (different) school.)
Transmission readiness test was conducted on Saturday in Taguig City, Pateros, 1st district of Manila, 5th district of Quezon City, Digos, Bansalan (Davao del Sur), Iriga City, Buhi (Camarines Sur), Albuquerque and Cortes (Bohol).
- Ballot switching error, transmission readiness failure arises from 10 Comelec test sites