Supervisor of Elections Juliette Penn has negated publicly-made claims by Virgin Islands Party (VIP) spokesperson Claude Skelton Cline that the electronic tabulating machines are malfunctioning.
Speaking at a VIP rally after a public demonstration of the machines on Sunday, Skelton Cline said the some of the machines were faulty and was not recognising whenever an X was marked on a ballot.
“Of course, they don’t want us to know these kinds of things,” said Skelton Cine while suggesting impropriety and a coverup among elections officials.
But while answering questions from BVI News following the outspoken clergyman’s statement, Elections Supervisor Penn said the machines are functioning well. She said there have been no reports of problems among residents who were able to test the machines for themselves on Sunday.
“I don’t know about any [problems],” Penn said. “The only thing I know about is one person who didn’t make their mark on the ballot. They just pressed the pen and the machine didn’t read it.”
As for persons who opted to use an X to vote, Penn said the only way the machine would not recognise the X is if it was made outside the designated oval that is located beside the name of each candidate on the ballot paper.
“We didn’t encourage people to make X’s. Those who made X’s did so on their own. But the machine would still read it,” said Penn, who noted that voters can either mark an X or shade within the oval.
“Yes, from the conversations that I had, [people were comfortable with the machines],” she added.
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