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Jaro Archbishop hopes for better PCOS machines for future polls

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (11 May) -- The Archbishop of Jaro expressed high hopes that we could still be able to correct the defects that we have experienced during the conduct of the May 10 polls.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said in a PIA interview that "if we want to continue using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for future elections, then we should correct the defects that we have discovered during this year's elections".

Lagdameo said that the glitches could have been prevented if there was a longer preparation of the people and also of the PCOS machines.

The former CBCP President said however, that the Church for its part has contributed "in raising the awareness of the public through the conduct of voters' education, preparation of the candidates through recollections and covenant signing of the candidates, with the hope that they will fulfill their promises".

The first automated elections in the country has drawn even the senior citizens to their respective voting precincts without minding the heat and the long queue of voters.

When asked how he would rate the first automated polls, the Archbishop of Jaro said that he would not consider it a total success because of the PCOs' machines defects. Loss of names of some voters and the shortness of the time in the polls preparation.

Meanwhile, the Comelec 6 Director Rene Ray Boac said that in a scale of ten, he gave a nine (9) rating for the successful conduct of the May 10 automated polls.

Director Boac also aid in a PIA interview that there was no reported election violence incidence in Western Visayas during the elections.

Boac said that this was the assessment of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (PIA6) [top]

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