Former Vice President Jejomar Binay expressed his disappointment after his ballot was rejected by the vote counting machine (VCM) for eight times on Monday, May 13.
He also got annoyed after the representative from COMELEC failed to explain to him why his ballot got rejected by the machine.
The former VP also told the media that the representative told him that his vote was invalid because of the error.
Because of what happened, Binay is not thinking if the machines really intended to reject the ballots to give advantage to other candidates.
“Ngayon mukhang nag dududa na ako dito,” Binay said.
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Binay, who’s voting at the San Antonio National High School left and told the media that he’s going to Commission on Elections immediately to file a complaint after the VCM error.
According to him, the voters should not lose their vote because of a mistake that they didn’t make.
“Pupunta ako ngayon sa COMELEC, magrereklamo ako.. hindi tama iyon,” he said.
Meanwhile, a COMELEC representative explained that the VCM rejected the votes of Binay because of a paper jam.
They said that they cannot stop the election despite the problems, but they assure that COMELEC is going to deliver another backup VCM if the problem continues.
According to them, they kept the ballot of Binay in a folder and going to feed it to the machine once the VCM already repaired.
“Pag naayos na po yung machine, saka po natin ife-feed lahat yon,” the COMELEC representative said.
BREAKING: Ex-VP Jojo Binay's vote was rejected eight times by the vote counting machine due to paper jam, according to San Antonio National High School Principal Jina Iligan | @jelenefulesulit #TheFilipinoVotes pic.twitter.com/eOvdtSUPGz
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) May 13, 2019