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People were warned not to vote excessively.

Voters should use caution when casting ballots and refrain from voting excessively.

Nebeth Modesto, a poll clerk of the Municipality of Sibalom’s Barangay Pasong, emphasized that voters must carefully consider the number of candidates they should choose for each position.

“I tried to overvote for the provincial board and the VCM didn’t read my vote or it was invalidated,” she said in an interview after the vote-counting machine (VCM) final testing and sealing (FTS) at Sibalom Central School on Saturday.

Modesto, a teacher at Luis Baraquia National High School in Sibalom, Antique, explained that undervoting is not an issue because the VCM can still see it, but overvoting for a certain post will invalidate the votes.

She also advised voters to totally shade the votes, but only lightly, to avoid blotting the marking pen provided by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

However, a black regular pen is OK as well.

“It is not advisable for voters to merely check or put a point before the names of their candidates since the VCM invalidates it as well,” she explained.

The VCM is user-friendly, according to Mayflor Vegafria, head of the Election Board of Barangay Pasong.

“It’s not difficult to operate the VCM, and it works nicely,” she explained.

She went on to say that the Comelec had taught them and given them a guidebook to refer to during the VCM operation.

If the Comelec marking pen runs out, Sibalom Municipal Election Officer Mario Meynard Miciano, who is overseeing the VCM final testing and sealing for the municipality’s 88 precincts, says an ordinary black pen can be used.

In a separate interview, he claimed that the FTS in Sibalom had gone well thus far.

He added the 88 VCMs that had been deployed to the municipality had performed admirably.

According to Antique Provincial Election Officer Wil Arceo, no severe issues have been discovered in any of the devices examined since May 6.

There are 794 VCMs in the province, which will be used in the 794 clustered precincts.

Sibalom has 39,558 registered voters out of the 387,998 registered voters in Antique.

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