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Comval, Davao Norte PES to borrow still good PCOS

Tagum City (10 May) -- Provincial election supervisions (PES) of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley will seek units of operationally good precinct count optical scan (PCOS) and lend them to polling centers where PCOS units conk.

Atty. Gay Enumerables, PES of Davao del Norte in an interview said borrowing PCOS from other barangays is the ultimately solution she can think of, so electronic vote-counting can go on in polling centers where PCOS malfunctioned.

Towns and cities having trouble with PCOS machine included the Island Garden City of Samal, Tagum City, Talaingod, Sto. Tomas and Asuncion but Atty.Enumerables could not offhand tell the number of PCOS units which have conked.

Atty. Enumerables, however, said that Smartmatic technicians had done the best assistance they could to restore conked PCOS but there were glitches which were beyond what technicians could do.

She agreed with the 10 percent estimate of conked PCOS units in the entire Davao region as declared by COMELEC Regional Director Rey Sumalipao but Atty. Gay revealed that malfunctioned PCOS in Davao del Norte could be more, at 10 percent to 15 percent.

Meanwhile, Atty. Marlon Casquejo, Compostela Valley PES in a separate interview said borrowing from other barangays or other precincts with PCOS of still good condition is the solution to take to go on with vote counting in polling centers where PCOS units fail.

But Casquejo would not reveal the areas with problems regarding conked PCOS, saying SMARTMATIC personnel know the specific places.

On the other hand, Atty. Casquejo find it right based on principles of transparency that vote of canvassing at the provincial level be televised and beamed at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol located in Cabidianan, Nabunturan.

"It's good that people would be able to see the canvassing," he said.

Atty. Enumerables is hopeful that the Provincial Information Office of Davao del Norte will be able to set up a televised provincial canvassing.

She said it would be good if the canvassing can also be seen at the Provincial Capitol lobby to free-up the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall of people who are privy to the vote-counting. (PIA XI) [top]

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