VCM problems in Jimalalud

Comelec records show that Negros Oriental has 785,712 registered voters, with 658,924 voters who actively participated for the 2016 elections. After transmitting all the election returns from the municipality of Jimalalud yesterday, the Provincial Board of Canvassers in Negros Oriental is now set to adjourn.

VCM Election Results in Negros Oriental almost through

Lionel Marco Castillano, the acting Provincial Election Supervisor, stated that the towns of Zamboanguita and Jimalalud had difficulties in transmitting the election results  due to some technical glitch in the the SD cards and laptops for the Consolidating and Canvassing System. They were 2 of the 25 areas including Sultan Kudarat, Surigado del Norte, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Cebu, and Eastern Samar, that had defective CCS laptops.

On one hand, the town of Zamboanguita was the first to resolve the issues after a contingency CCS unit was brought in for replacement. The municipal board of canvassers, then, was able to transmit the election results and paved way for the proclamation of the newly-elected congressman and three board members of the 3rd district.

Laptop from Manila did the trick

On the other hand, the town of Jimalalud, failed to do the same for two days until yesterday afternoon.

Allan Yap, the election officer in Jimalalud, had to fly to Manila last Wednesday to get a contingency CCS laptop as the other contingency units here did not work for Jimalalud.

Even if Jimalalud failed to transmit its election results Wednesday, the PBOC had proclaimed incumbents Gov. Roel Degamo and Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias for the same positions by virtue of “statistical improbability”.

1st district Board Members Jake Reyes and Georgita Martinez were the last provincial winners that were proclaimed yesterday. Jessica Jane Villanueva, however, was proclaimed earlier because the votes she has earned will no longer affect her standing even if the Jimalalud votes were not cast in her favor.


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