Different sectoral organizations protest in front of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is holding the canvassing of votes for the 2016 election.

The demonstrators slammed both the COMELEC and Smartmatic for the serious malfunctions of the vote counting machines (VCM) used on election day.

According to Kontra Daya, an anti-election fraud group that started in 2007, Smartmatic should be banned in future Philippine elections for the problems and failures it incurred in the past elections. The group also called on disallowing any foreign firms to take contracts for the next elections as it violates Philippine sovereignty.

COMELEC admitted yesterday that 2,363 or 2.55% of the 92,509 VCMs malfunctioned on election day. These failures include the non-functioning VCMs, rejected ballots, paper jams, as well as overheating and machine shutdowns.

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