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PIA Press Release
2010/05/06

Comelec begins distributing PCOS machines to Ilocos towns

Election dry run set Friday

by Cristina Arzadon

Laoag City (6 May) -- The Commission on Elections has began deploying more than 600 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to various towns today in preparation for the election dry run in the province tomorrow (Friday).

Lawyer Alipio Castillo, provincial election supervisor, supervised the dispatch of the voting machines from the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena where the equipment have been stored to their various destinations.

The Comelec also began testing the connectivity of various computer units from the provincial capitol yesterday to determine whether or not the units properly work in transmitting data from the municipal canvassing board to their provincial counterparts.

At least 642 PCOS machines were allotted to the 21 towns including Batac City while 1,000 PCOS will be used for Laoag.

The Comelec, however, has yet to receive the corresponding compact flash (CF) cards that Smartmatic recalled for testing.

The CF cards were recalled even before Comelec could test the cards in the province because initial testing conducted in Manila showed some technical glitches.

Franklin Bitagon, head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, has been supervising the conduct of machines delivery including connectivity tests that the Comelec has undertaken.

Bitagon said hopes are high that the first automated election in the country would proceed as planned despite reports that PCOS machines-testing in various areas have produced invalid results. (PIA) [top]

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