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Day 4 of Overseas Voting: Rain forecast sparks concern over VCM trouble

16 April 2019

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New machine had to be installed for SBEI 4 

It was a slow day on the fourth day of overseas voting in Hong Kong today, Apr 16, with the number of voters estimated at just around 30 in each of the nine precincts at Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town.
One vote-counting machine had to replaced after it failed to read about three ballots at around noon. 

Members of the Special Board of Election Inspectors now fear the heavier rains forecast towards the weekend could bring more trouble for the VCMs, as the high humidity levels are thought to cause the malfunctions.
The Hong Kong Observatory said the showers will bring humidity ranging from 80% to 95%  on Thursday and 75% to 95% on Friday.

Only one of the nine VCMs being used has not broken down since the election started on Apr 13, the one at SBEI5.
One of their members said it could be because it was set up under a huge ceiling fan and right in the path of cool air from the airconditioner.

But it could also be because of another factor. “Malakas ang dasal ni Ate,” said the inspector jokingly, pointing to an elderly woman in his team.

Another incident that was reported involved a ballot registering zero senatorial votes in SBEI 4 because the voter had mistakenly shaded more than 12 names.

Consul Robert Quintin, who supervises the election, said the voter did not protest because he realized the fault was his. – Vir B. Lumicao

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