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Vote-counting machines (VCMs) are equipped with external batteries, contrary to claims that power interruptions make votes susceptible to fraud.

A post of Faebook page BBM Sara President on May 9 falsely suggested that brownouts pave way for election rigging.

Based on the 2019 midterm polls, COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a report that the external batteries of the VCMs are good for 16 hours. “If you remember our voting time is 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. And that’s 12 hours. So again, we expect that there will be enough battery power on the entire day.”

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