Valeza said that except for some glitches on the vote counting machines (VCMs) and SD cards and the fist fights in the province of Abra, the election was peaceful and orderly.
Incidents of malfunctioning VCMs and SD cards were reported in some polling precincts. Most of the concerns were the cards that cannot be read by the VCMs or VCMs not working properly. These technical glitches were responded to by the Comelec thru their technical support staff. Some malfunctioning VCMs were replaced and casting of votes proceeded.
Valeza acknowledged that the problem on the SD cards and the VCMs delayed the election process.
“Nationwide talaga ang naging problema on the SD card and VCM. If not for these concerns on the machines and SD cards mas maaga sana tayo natapos at nakaproclaim ng winners,” she said.
As this is a concern nationwide, they also want to get the details particularly from the COMELEC Information and Technology Department or the National Technical Support Center.
In terms of peace and order, except for two fist fights in Abra, there was no violent incident reported on election day. Valeza attributed this to the coordination and preparation done by the COMELEC and its partners and other stakeholders in ensuring honest, orderly and peaceful elections in the region.
“Maayos ang coordination ng COMELEC with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police in the Cordillera at maayos din ang preparations ng mga teachers and other stakeholders sa Cordillera region,” she added.
She said that the COMELEC with its partners from the PNP and AFP were able to contain the possible harassment or violent incidents in the different areas predetermined problematic areas during the elections particularly halting the possible escalation of clash between supporters or politicians.
“Except for the fist fights in Abra, all the rest wala po tayo nareceive na report on unnecessary violent incidents in the Cordillera Region nuong election,” she said.
Abra Provincial Police Office PCol. Alfredo Dangani reported at least three cases involving politicians and their supporters in the different municipalities of Abra on the election day.These are now under investigation by the Abra Police Provincial Office.
The COMELEC has placed the entire province of Abra under red category election hotspot this 2019 National and Local Elections due to the history of violence during the past elections which did not escalate this election period.
Valeza also noted that there was an increase of voter turnout due to the improved peace and order situation in the different parts of the Cordillera particularly in Kalinga and Abra.
Transmission of election results to the municipal board of canvassers was a challenge for electoral boards in some polling precincts in the region due to poor internet connection.
In the urban areas with better internet connectivity, some M/CBOCs started proclaiming the newly elected local officials in their respective municipalities shortly before midnight of election day.
Most MBOCs have already proclaimed the newly elected officials today. The different municipal and city board of canvassers are transmitting their election results to their respective provincial board of canvassers and the national board of canvassers and they are hoping to proclaim the provincial officials later today or tomorrow as soon as the election results have been transmitted.
In areas that cannot send their data due to the difficulty in telecommunication signal, Valeza has ordered the election officers to bring directly the election results from the MBOC to the PBOC for the faster transmitting of results. (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)