Agusan del Sur all set for May 10 elections
by Dave M. Suyao
Butuan City (9 May) -- Everything is ready for the May 10, 2010 elections.
This is the official statement from COMELEC's Regional Dir. Atty. Francisco Pobe when interviewed by telephone live via DXDA by PIA Agusan del Sur at 3:20 PM today.
Since yesterday (May 8) morning, simultaneous testing of PCOS machines using the reformatted compact flash (CF) cards were done province-wide and ended up successfully solving minimal problems that were encountered during the testing.
According to Dir. Pobe, the problems were very minimal, ranging from loose power connection, loose CF cards insertion, erroneous insertion of ballots in the PCOS machines and other minimal problems and were easily solved by the BEI, the technicians and other stakeholders who will be serving the elections tomorrow.
"In case there will be inevitable machine failure, we have 37 reserve PCOS machines ready to be dispatched", Dir. Pobe said.
Atty Pobe added that this morning (May 9), connectivity of the transmission equipments were again tested with Prov'l. Prosecutor Abugho, DepEd Supt. Crucita Taala, smartmatic, ITU technician, and leading parties representatives as witnesses. Again, the transmission equipments run smoothly without any problem.
For the media, Atty Pobe advised that they cannot get any unofficial-partial results from the voting precincts. Instead, all election results will be available automatically after the voting and the PCOS machines have transmitted the returns to the municipal and the provincial board of canvassers via the transmission equipments and that will be after every voter casted their votes or after 6:00 in the evening when election ended.
For the electric power issue, ASELCO Gen. Manager Emmanuel Galarce assured the general public that there will be no power interruption starting today, May 9, until May 11, 2010, a day after the election. But in case of inevitable power failure during election, PCOS machines have their own batteries to address the power problem.
On the other hand, PNP Prov'l. Dir. Antonio Paguirigan said they have already deployed the police forces in their proper assignments, in full coordination with the AFP. Since the arrival of PCOS machines, CF cards and other election paraphernalia, the PNP and the military are always there to deliver the equipments and supplies to all areas where the equipments and supplies are intended. They have also 60 additional PNP personnel that will augment the present PNP forces in Agusan del Sur.
According to Supt. Paguirigan. They have their own security formation, where the PNP serves as the front and second layer forces while the army will be the ultimate or the third security layer.
In his reminding message, Atty. Pobe calls on all qualified voters and the Filipino people as a whole to cooperate in making of another history in our country, the first automated election, successful. (PIA-Agusan del Sur) [top]