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Comval election successful amidst rain, slow voting process and technical glitches

by Fe Maestre

Compostela Valley Province (15 May) -- The holding of the national and local elections in the province was successful despite technical glitches and slow voting process that slowed down the election process.

Also, scattered rains poured down most of the towns in Compsotela Valley, yet people kept on coming in the polling precincts to cast their votes, adding to the already crowded precincts. In Nabunturan Comprehensive High School, heavy downpour of rain was experienced causing some voters to go home, but many still continued to find their polling precincts and patiently waited for their turns to vote.

Aside from the rain, voters complained of the long queues brought by the slow voting process.

"Abi nako parehas ra sauna nga dali ra ko nakaboto, dugay man diay, (I thought the process was quick like before," a voter in Montevista Central Elementary School lamented.

"Sana binuksan ang ibang classrooms dito para naman makapasok kami at gawing holding area. Iilan lang naman ang binuksan, andami namin dito sa labas," Hazel Fuentes of Purok 8, in Nabunturan complained.

The Provincial Board of Canvassers attributed the delay of the canvassing of election returns (ERs) to some technical glitches such as ?corrupted? flashcards and slow transmission as experienced by some municipalities. Monkayo was the first to transmit their ERs.

The PBOC prepared a video camera, LCD projector, and installed wide screens inside and outside the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall for a live feed to ensure transparency of the proceedings. Actual voters reached 263,635 out of the 349,766 registered voters. Comval has 519 clustered precincts from its 2,388 established precincts. (ids comval) [top]

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