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(UPDATE) Senator Loren Legarda, who is running for re-election, had a hard time voting in her precinct in Malabon.

Legarda arrived past 11 am at precinct 0628a at the Potrero Elementary School but was not able to cast her ballot immediately after the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine at the precinct malfunctioned. Earlier Legarda said she was "willing to wait". She was also apparently in good mood despite the voting hassle.

Election officials say the machine was able to take in all the ballots but did not successfully scan all of them. This forced authorities to manually count some of the ballots to avoid further delays.  

By 1 pm, Legarda was able to vote with no problems. 

Elsewhere, voting is also delayed as PCOS machines malfunction. 

"Meron kasing mga technical problems na inaaddress diyan (There are technical problems being addressed in these areas)," Teopisto Elnas, Jr., Comelec acting deputy executive director for administration told reporters earlier.

Defective Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines had to be sent back to Comelec's warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna for repairs, he said.

Elnas noted, however, that the number only represented about one percent of the 77,829 precincts nationwide.

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