Gines notes glitches yet successful in I.N. polls

LAOAG CITY, May 15 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) described the elections in Ilocos Norte as successful despite minor technical glitches caused by defective counting machines.
In a radio interview with Bombo Radyo yesterday morning, Provincial Election Supervisor Joel Gines said that problems encountered yesterday were as normal as elsewhere in the country.
“I am sure all other provinces experienced failure in the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines like we had in Ilocos Norte. That is usual in an electronic voting,” Gines said.
Gines said that the Comelec properly and promptly addressed the technical glitches on election day.
“Despite PCOS machines being defective, voting went on and was successfully done,” he said.
The Comelec deployed all its 27 contingency PCOS machines to replace defective equipment.
Only three towns have not transmitted their election returns to the Provincial Board of Canvassers namely Sarrat, Banna and Currimao because CF cards were reportedly corrupted.
Meanwhile, the Comelec has already proclaimed winners in key provincial and city posts. (Cherry Joy Discaya-Garma)