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COMELEC: No plans to extend voting period beyond 7PM

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The Commission on Elections said that it has no plans to extend the voting period past 7:00 p.m. despite delays amid reports of malfunctioning vote-counting machines (VCMs) nationwide.
In a press briefing, Garcia said nothing justifies the extension of the voting period today, and the extension will be on a case-to-case basis.
"Case-to-case basis ang extension ng botohan," explained Garcia.
(The extension of voting is on a case-to-case basis.)
"Magsasabi kami sa inyo kung may problemang mahirap at mabigat. But at this point nothing justifies the extension of voting beyond 7:00 p.m.," he added.
(We will tell you if there is a difficult and heavy problem. But at this point, nothing justifies the extension of voting beyond 7:00 p.m.)
He made the remarks amid appeals from election watchdog Kontra Daya to extend voting hours amid the breakdowns of VCMs and the longer time required due to enforcement of health protocols.
"With the volume of reports coming into Kontra Daya regarding vote counting machine (VCM) breakdowns, as well as the longer time required to vote due to enforcement of health protocols, there is a high probability that many voters would be unable to vote by 7:00 p.m.," said Kontra Daya in a statement.
"Already, Kontra Daya has received reports of voters going home after being unable to wait due to long lines or the arrival of replacement machines. This is a clear case of voter disenfranchisement."
According to Kontra Daya, extending the voting period will give COMELEC more time to resolve its issues and more voters to select their preferences.
"Extending voting hours will enable more voters to cast their votes and allow time for COMELEC to resolve issues with voting," it said.
COMELEC previously reported over 1,800 malfunctioning VCMs since voting opened at 6 a.m. today. So far, 10 VCMs have been replaced while the rest have been resolved, according to the poll body. (DZRH News)

Last Modified: 2022-May-09 16.30.23 UTC+0800