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Voting machines arrive in Southern Leyte

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (May 6) -- All the eighteen towns and one city of Southern Leyte province are expected to get hold today, May 6, their respective Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines which will be used for the automated elections on Monday, May 10.

There are 574 clustered precincts in the province, so there were also 574 PCOS units being delivered as this report is written, in a one-is-to-one ratio.

For this city, there are 89 clustered precincts, and 89 PCOS were received by the local office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), said Kit Paler, a personnel at the City Comelec.

City Comelec Officer Lawrence Gelsano was not in the office when PIA called since he was conducting a day-long briefing for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) at the social hall of the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish (OLAP) convent, Paler informed.

Assistant Provincial Election Supervisor Reuel Junio told PIA the PCOS are arriving anytime today directly to various municipalities of the province.

Asked about the memory cards of the PCOS which earlier this week were recalled for faulty instructions, Junio said these items will be coming tomorrow, May 7, although he quickly added he was not sure if, indeed, they will be here by then.

The compact flash cards in the PCOS were likened to the SIM cards of cell phones, and upon their arrival the PCOS will be tested and sealed right at the precinct level -- if all goes well; if not a replacement unit can be called, and the process of testing and sealing is repeated until everything is alright.

Despite the 11th-hour adjustment in the preparations for the homestretch to the automated vote on Monday, many people believe the elections will still push through as scheduled. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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