BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — Nothing to fear.
Provincial Commission on Elections Supervisor lawyer Roberto Salazar allayed concerns of the possibility of cheating during brownouts saying his office has met with the power distributors in the province to discuss the issue.
Voters over social media had expressed their concern over poll-related cheating, as they claimed that fraud could happen during power interruptions.
Salazar said that they cannot assure the voters that no brownouts would happen during the counting of votes.
He stressed that there are a lot of factors that could affect power loss.
Should this happen, he said, the power utilities firms have assured him they will respond to the problem immediately.
The lawyer also said they can only say that they are ready for election day after they are done testing the vote counting machines’ accuracy.
Elections will still go on without the machines according to him as they can let people vote first and deploy the machines afterwards. They can also borrow VCMs from other precints.
Salazar said they are ready for any circumstance given that they have 50 contingency VCMs aside from the 2,906 to be used in each precinct.