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In Zambo City, the Comelec begins inspecting and sealing VCMs.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — In this southern port city, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) began distributing, testing, and sealing vote-counting machines (VCMs) on Tuesday.

The first district election officer, lawyer Stephen Roy Canete, noted that polling locations in far-flung barangays are given precedence in the distribution of VCMs.

“We obtained permission, and the Comelec central office gave us permission to start distributing VCMs early,” Canete stated.

“We still have ample time to repair the malfunctioning VCM if there are any difficulties,” he continued.

Each VCM has ten ballots for testing and sealing purposes.

Canete mentioned that in prior elections, they had to speed things up if a machine was found to be malfunctioning because all VCMs are delivered at the same time two days before voting day.

After the testing and sealing operation, the VCMs were sent to the school principal, he stated.

The testing and sealing of VCMs were witnessed by representatives from various political parties and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the recognized Comelec’s citizens’ arm.

There are 403,464 registered voters in this city, which is divided into two congressional districts.

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