Defective SD cards delay proclamation in 10 Bataan towns
BALANGA CITY, Bataan — Winning candidates in nine out of 11 towns, a city, and even provincial and congressional winners in Bataan were still not officially known on Tuesday after 36 secure digital (SD) cards bogged down in 10 areas.
Gilda Rodrigo, assistant provincial election supervisor, said only the towns of Bagac and Hermosa have finished transmitting the results and had the votes counted by the municipal and provincial board of canvassers.
Winners for mayors, vice mayors and Sangguniang Bayan/Panglungsod members in the towns of Dinalupihan, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Pilar, Orion, Limay, Mariveles and Morong and the City of Balanga are still not officially known.
Even Mayor Liberato Santiago, who ran unopposed in Abucay town, could not be proclaimed in the absence of the result in one cluster precinct.
The provincial board of canvassers had to declare a recess in the canvassing pending completion of results in nine towns and one city.
Members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) and watchers for two cluster precincts patiently waited for the replacement of the SD card at the Samal North Elementary School in Samal town.
Claro de Castro, BEI chair, said the SD card malfunctioned around 7:30 a.m. Monday or merely about an hour and a half since voting started at 6 a.m.
Voters from Barangay San Roque in Samal town were allowed to vote but their ballots were not yet fed into the VCM.
“Hindi pa kami nakakapag-feed ng balota sa VCM dahil nasira. Boto hindi pa nababasa (we cannot feed the ballots in the VCM because it malfunctioned. The votes have not yet been read),” he said.
Another VCM at the Samal Elementary School for voters from Barangay West Daan-Bago had a defective SD card since 8:20 a.m. Monday.
The BEIs said the SD cards will still come from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Region 3 office in San Fernando, Pampanga.
With defective SD cards were four cluster precincts in Dinalupihan, five in Orani, two in Samal, one in Abucay, seven in Balanga City, three in Pilar, two in Orion, six in Limay, five in Mariveles and one in Morong. (PNA)
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