It's a go for automated elections in Maasin City
By Bong Pedalino
Maasin City (May 9) -- After encountering six non-functioning Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, voting for the historic computerized elections in this city continues, according to Election Officer Lawrence Gelsano.
Asked for updates by phone this afternoon, Gelsano said out of the six problematic voting machines, only two remained, the ones in barangays Maria Clara and Pansaan, but the defect this time was in the memory card.
Work on providing solution for the two data cards is still underway, and even if this goes on right on election day voters can still shade the ballots, and the poll exercise can go on Gelsano said.
"This has been part of a contingency plan," Gelsano stressed as the poll body was busy preparing for tomorrow's big day despite the setbacks.
Out of the city's 89 PCOS machines tested and sealed yesterday, six were found defective, and these were assigned in clustered precincts at barangays Abgao, Manhilo, Ma. Clara, Pansaan, Malapoc Sur, and Hanginan.
The Comelec sent spare PCOS units for replacement, and the process of sealing and testing for these substitute units was made today, May 9.
Apparently, all the six were okay, except for the memory cards for Ma. Clara and Pansaan, Gelsano informed.
Maasin City has a voting population of a little over 50,000. Observers noted that based on past elections, voters' turnout has been pegged at the range of 70 to 80%. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]