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Timely replacement of PCOS cards assured

Iloilo City (5 May) -- The supplier of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine that will be used in the country's first-ever automated elections on May 10 said that they will be able to replace the recalled compact flash (CF) cards with reconfigured ones in time for Monday's elections.

The Smartmatic-TIM team in Iloilo said the new CF cards will be delivered to various polling precincts here during the final testing and sealing of the PCOS machines.

It said that they were working on the delivery of the first batch of PCOS machines in the region when reports broke out about the discovery of configuration errors in the CF cards during mock polls held May 3.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc decided thereafter on the recall of the CF cards totaling 67,000 nationwide.

The CF card is supposed to give each PCOS machine its identification number, the list of candidates it is counting, and the type of ballot it is reading.

Smartmatic-TIM said it is working with COMELEC here for the recall, proper disposal and replacement of the CF cards.

There are 6,713 clustered precincts in the region that were supposed to be provided with PCOS machines and their accompanying CF cards.

After the discovery of the technical glitches, Malacanang said the government is throwing its support to the efforts of the COMELEC to make the first automated elections a success.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has directed Secretary Ray Anthony Chua of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) to assist the COMELEC on the problems encountered in the PCOS test runs.

The automation of the electoral process is one of President Arroyo's ten-point pro-poor agenda. (PIA 6) [top]

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