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Cordillera to receive 1,788 PCOS machines

by MC Acmo and Jonabelle Camino

Baguio City (13 February) -- The Cordillera Administrative Region is set to receive 1,788 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the May 10, 2010 elections.

According to Commission on Election (COMELEC) Regional Director Julius Torres, the COMELEC expects the delivery of the PCOS machines in the region by the end of March or the first week of April. He said Smartmatic has started delivering the machines to be used in the election and thePCOS machines are being stored in a warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna.

Torres also announced that a PCOS machine operations training will be conducted for election officers from February 19 to 26.

Teachers will also be trained on the PCOS machine operations starting March 1. Torres said 12 PCOS machines will be allotted to Abra, while Baguio City and the other provinces of CAR will be allotted six machines each, for such purpose. After the training, the delivered PCOS machines of each provinces will also be used for public demonstrations and training.

Beginning the second week of March up end of April, COMELEC will be conducting massive information drive regarding the upcoming election, Torres added.

Torres also emphasized that the participation of the voters in the election is just to vote, they will not be operating the machines. He also explained that each (clustered) voting precinct will be given one PCOS machine and that the number of voters will just be limited to a maximum of 1,000 per precinct. An eleven-hour voting would also be implemented in order to accommodate all the voters.

In the same Kapihan forum, Police Regional Office - Cordillera Director P/CSupt Orlando Pestaņo assured that they are all set to provide peace and order for the 2010 election. According to Pestaņo, they have already acquired additional equipments like patrol cars and jeeps, guns and ammunition and additional personnel to meet the security demand of the region.

Pestaņo also stressed that, it is a major task of PNP in coordination with the community, the local government units, COMELEC and other line government agencies, to continuously provide public service, enforce the law and to respect human rights in order to assure a successful and clean election. (PIA) [top]

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