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Comelec to conduct PCOS machine field testing in Lake Sebu

by Danilo E. Doguiles

Koronadal City (26 January) -- It's all systems go for the simulated voting and transmission test tomorrow (January 27) in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Acting Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Jay Gerada said Lake Sebu is one of the first five locations where the "end-to-end" testing of the automated polling system will be conducted tomorrow.

Other field testing locations are Pateros, Taguig City, Bakun in Benguet, Naga City in Cebu, and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato

"Smartmatic-TIM personnel, Comelec personnel, and representatives of the Technical Evaluation Committee are already in Lake Sebu, preparing for tomorrow's simulated voting and transmission of election results," Gerada said

He added, one Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine is placed in Bacdulong Elementary School in Bacdulong and Bandala Elementary School in Ned, all in Lake Sebu town. Bacdulong and Ned are among the most remote areas in the region.

"From these barangays we will try to send results of a simulated voting to one PCOS machine stationed at the municipal hall of Lake Sebu, which will in turn transmit the results to still another machine at the SP Hall at the South Cotabato Provincial Capital in Koronadal City," he explained.

Meanwhile, Atty. Michael Abas, Comelec 12 regional director, assured residents of SOCCSKSARGEN region that Comelec has a backup plan in case polling machines will fail during the May 10 elections.

His comment was made in response to the CBCP's pastoral statement demanding for a contingency plan in case of failure of elections.

"Some machines may fail, but definitely not the whole system," Director Abas said.

He also explained that the voter's education program includes some measures to prevent failure of elections, including provision of backup polling machines.

Smartmatic-TIM has pledged to deliver all the 82,200 PCOS machines by February 21. Of this number, according to Comelec, about 76,340 will be actually used in the elections. Nearly 6,000 will be reserved machines that will fail during the elections. (PIA 12) [top]

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