One of the four vote counting machines (VCMs) sent to Hong Kong as replacement and backups for the ongoing overseas absentee voting there was defective, although it didn't affect the conduct of the voting there.
According to poll watcher Eman Villanueva on Wednesday, one of the VCMs was the replacement for the unit that malfunctioned on the second day of overseas absentee voting on Sunday, while the three were backup units.
"Unfortunately, 'yung isa sa pinadala ay hindi nag-work, nag-fail 'yung mga system, hindi maka-read, hindi rin maka-work 'yung eye button," Villanueva told GMA News Hong Kong stringer Corazon Amaya-Canete.
No problems were encountered on the three other units, which enabled the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong to open the precinct that was closed down on Sunday due to the defective VCM.
"Nag-reopen na po ang SBEI (Special Board of Election Inspector) 10 o Precinct 10 ngayong umaga, so ngayon po lahat ng sampung presinto dito sa Hong Kong ay operational na po," said Consul Charles Macaspac, OAV secretariat officer-in-charge for the day.
As of Wednesday, a total of 5,896 Filipinos have cast their votes for the month-long overseas absentee voting period. This represents 6.3 percent of the 93,049 who registered for the May 2016 elections.
A total of 1,386,087 overseas Filipinos have registered for this year's elections. Of the number, 1.32 million were land-based and 49,339 were sea-based.
Overseas absentee voters may only vote for the president, vice-president, senators, and party-lists. The voting period will last from Saturday, April 9 (8 a.m., host country time), to Monday, May 9 (7 p.m., Philippine time). —KBK, GMA News
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