Poor signal mars mock elections in Tawi-tawi

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by Babylyn Kano Omar, VERA Files

Poor transmission signal marred the outcome of the mock elections in Tawi-tawi last week, as it took hours for a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine in one barangay to send the results to the town, regional and municipal canvassers.

“There were no technical problems except that,” said Acting Provincial Election Supervisor Abu Talipan, referring to the mock election held in the Simandagit Elementary School in the capital town of Bongao.

Mock elections were held in two schools in Bongao, the other one in Lamion Walking Blackboard Elementary School, where results from the voting were transmitted within minutes after the last of the 50 votes were cast.

In Simandagit, Talipan said, the problem was poor signal and the Commission on Elections remedied this by merely changing the location of the modem. The results were transmitted by 1:45 pm.

Otherwise, the mock polls went on smoothly, with poll watchers and representatives from civil society in attendance.

Tawi-tawi now has a total of 125,084 voters, down by some 50,000 after the Comelec conducted a general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), of which Tawi-tawi is part. The province used to have 175,000 voters.

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