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08/04/2016: PHILIPPINE EMBASSY CONDUCTS FINAL TESTING AND SEALING OF COMELEC VOTE COUNTING MACHINES FOR THE 2016 PHILIPPINE NATIONAL ELECTIONS

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-037-2016
08 April 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final testing and sealing (FTS) of COMELEC vote counting machines (VCMs) for the 2016 Philippine National Elections was held at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on Wednesday, 06 April 2016.

Consul Katrina Borja-Martin led the FTS along with Embassy personnel who took their oaths as Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) and Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) last 23 March 2016.

The FTS checks the security and accuracy of the VCMs using test ballots, which are fed to the machines. It also checks if the count of the machines will match the manual counting done after the actual voting.

The Embassy tested three (3) VCMs during the FTS, using 10 test ballots each for the 47 precincts under the Post’s jurisdiction.

“The machines are in good condition, but it is very important that the voters follow the instructions about shading the ovals that correspond to the respective candidates that they want to vote for, to ensure that their votes will be read and counted by the VCMs,” Consul Borja-Martin said.

“The ovals have to be fully-shaded in black ink, no check or cross marks. The votes cast should also not exceed the number of vacancies,” the Consul re-iterated.

The FTS is the last preparatory step for the Overseas Voting that will start on 09 April 2016, and will run through 09 May 2016.###

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08 April 2016

Consul Katrina Borja-Martin (left) feeds test ballots to one vote counting machine (VCM), during the final testing and sealing (FTS) of COMELEC VCMs at the Philippine Embassy on 06 April 2016.

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-052-2016
08 April 2016

Consul General Emilio Fernandez facilitates the oath taking of Embassy personnel as Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) and Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG), for purposes of the 2016 Philippine National Elections at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 23 March 2016.