DEPUTY Speaker Rufus Rodriguez on Tuesday requested the House of Representatives to investigate reports that vote counting machines (VCMs) in several polling places nationwide were not working, disrupting the electoral process.
“We owe it to our voters to investigate these reports and recommend remedial measures, either via legislation or administrative sanctions or penalties to be imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on responsible personnel and/or its automation service provider, Smartmatic,” Rodriguez said.
“The Comelec and its automation contractor have not resolved these issues. There has to be a solution, “he added.
Rodriguez got complaints that several VCMs did not work as early as the first hour of voting in some parts of Quezon City. Furthermore, poll workers discovered that their memory cards had been corrupted or broken.