How do VCMs work? Comelec teams up with SM Malls for voter education

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The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has tapped the country’s largest mall chain for voter information in the use of vote counting machines (VCMs).

COMELEC Commissioner Sadamen Pangarungan on Monday (April 18) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with SM Supermalls that would allow the poll body to conduct voter education campaigns in all of SM’s 78 malls in the country.

“The COMELEC is determined to deliver a successful 2022 national and local elections and one important factor for this success is voter education,” Pangarungan said in his speech.

“Through these vote counting machine demo and experience we hope to familiarize each voter with the tool that we will use to record and transmit their votes,” he added.

The COMELEC chairman explained the aim of the project is “to dispel apprehension and fear of some voters regarding the use and security of the vote counting machine.”

“They are state-of-the-art equipment that have been used by other countries.They are engineered to be secure and tamper proof. The programming for the machines are also safe and secure,” he assured.