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PCOS units are brownout-proof, not fail-safe

Davao City (10 May) -- Comelec Provincial Election Officer Gay Enumerables said there is nothing to fear regarding brownout occurrences because all PCOS units have a 16-hour standby battery power. COMELEC, however, confirmed that less than 10% of the PCOS machines in the region have conked out.

Commission on Election Regional Director Rey Somalipao confirmed that with the 3,431 PCOS machines distributed in the region, about 300 of which did not function during the start of election this morning. One of the common causes is the battery load that leads to the conking of machines.

Based on previous reports, five PCOS machines had malfunctioned in Davao Oriental. Two of the defective units are from Mati City, two from Tarragona and one from Boston. The machines, however, have already been replaced. Common minor glitches encountered with the machines are paper jams and rejecting of ballots.

In Davao del Norte, brownouts were monitored midday in Barangays Manay, New Malitbog and Kauswagan in Panabo City. Aside from power interruptions, PNP officers in Tagum City National High School (TCNHS) claims smooth flow of polls. PNP reported no major complaints from voters. The eleven PCOS machines are all in good state.

However, BEIs have confirmed that minor machine glitches like paper jams occurred around 855AM but was immediately resolved by technicians at around 9AM.

In Compostela Valley, on the other hand, power interruption was experienced in Compostela, New Bataan and Maragusan when power lines of Compostela sub-station "flashed over" causing insulators to trid off. DANECO Manager Alan Laniba assured that power lines of DANECO sub-stations in Compostela Town will be restored by 4PM and that enough power supply will be PIA sustained when vote counting starts at the provincial level. (SJB Sanico/PIA XI) [top]

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