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Elections in Bicol peaceful and orderly – COMELEC

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections office here assessed an overall peaceful and successful national and local elections regionwide.

Atty. Maria Juana Valeza, Regional Election Director, said in a phone patch interview that out of 114 municipalities, Comelec is now waiting for the election returns from Ligao City, Albay, Labo, Camarines Norte, Ragay and Tinambac, Camarines Sur, Dimasalang, Masbate and one other area, before 7 pm tonight so that all leaders who won at the provincial level will now be proclaimed.  

These areas were affected by some malfunctioned vote-counting machines, but are almost complete in transferring their election turn-outs as of the press time. 

"Naging mabilis ang election returns dahil smooth ang ating transmission. Before the elections, we have tested all transmission devices and test the connectivity para siguraduhing mayroon talagan tayong signals," Valeza said.

The election director also reported around 82 crashed machines were replaced immediately by the working ones. The Bicol region has allotted around 117 contingency VCMs.

15 SD cards were corrupted and needed a thorough configuration process that usually takes place in one to two days. Nevertheless, all votes were secured and double-checked.

“Nagpapasalamat ang buong COMELEC sa lahat [ng mamamayan] including DepEd personnel, soldiers, police, and other law-enforcement agencies, DILG, media and all other government agencies who assisted us, and congratulations po sa lahat ng botante for  heeding our call for a safe and peaceful elections,” Valeza said. (KAVB/PIA5)

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