HK poll machine conks out, is back up again
Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010
HONG KONG—(UPDATE 3) The automated elections system saw its first glitches on Sunday after the poll machines malfunctioned in two precincts here that temporarily stalled the voting.
The Precinct Count Optical Scan machines (PCOS) in the Bayanihan Kennedytown Center did not immediately accept the ballots from two voters in precincts 15 and 16 shortly after the resumption of the voting period at 8 a.m. Sunday.
The inspection of the ballots showed the absence of its stray and ambiguous marks, which could also result to rejection.
4,000 OFWs vote overseas—DFA
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) A total of 4,141 Filipino overseas absentee voters cast their ballots on the first day of voting in the different Philippine embassies and diplomatic posts around the world, the Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (DFA-OAVS) said in a news release Sunday.
As of 11:20 a.m. Sunday, the Philippine consulate general in Hong Kong had the most number of ballots cast with 997, followed by the Philippine embassy in London (558), and the Philippine embassy in Riyadh (266).
Rounding out the top 10 in terms of voter turn-out are: the Philippine consulate general in Chicago (242); the Philippine embassy in Singapore (218), the Philippine consulate general in Jeddah (180), the Philippine embassy in Berlin (144), the Philippine embassy in Madrid (135), the Philippine embassy in Bangkok (118), and the Philippine consulate general in Barcelona (117).