Comelec website down, hotlines announced

Posted at 05/10/10 9:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Due to the unexpected number of hits on Election Day, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website has become unavailable for voters and the general public, as of posting time.

“Unfortunately, there are too many people visiting the website now. Obviously, the service is not accessible as we want it to be,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said in an interview on ANC Monday morning.

“Traffic to visit the Comelec website was more than what we had anticipated. We doubled the bandwidth. Unfortunately, things happen so we’re taking remedial steps to still allow people to check on the precincts,” he added.

Larrazabal, chairman of the poll automation steering committee, announced that the precinct finder on the Comelec website will be taken out.

Those who want to find their precincts may call the information technology (IT) department of the Comelec. The hotlines are 527-0841, 527-2773, 527-2772, 527-0822, 526-7769 and 526-7770.

The Comelec commissioner noted that the bandwidth of the poll body’s website was increased to 10 megabits per second (Mbps) from 5 Mbps.

As for the election results, Larrazabal said the Comelec will release the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) later in the day.

Meanwhile, Larrazabal took the time to thank the teachers involved in the elections. “Laking tulong po sila,” he said.

He also addressed the voters: “Pasensya po nang konti. There will be lines but what is important is you’ll be able to vote… The teachers are doing the best that they can to ensure that you'll be able to vote.”

As for the glitches occurring on Election Day, he said they are currently monitoring problems and are addressing them immediately.

He said of the several precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine malfunctions: “They have to replace those machines with new ones. What people should understand is that the voting should not stop. People can still vote. The ballots will just be put in the ballot box and fed after the end of the voting period.”