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Election must go on in Butuan City, says Comelec

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (9 May) -- "All systems go and that, election must go on in Butuan City," said City Election Officer Abelardo Saco in an interview conducted Sunday (May 9) by PIA.

According to Saco, all Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, Compact Flash Cards (CFCs), and ballots were already distributed to all the voting precincts in the 86 barangays here. "All 202 PCOS machines as well as the CFCs were successfully disposed and distributed to all voting precincts of the city," he said.

However, Saco said one PCOS machine assigned to Cluster Precinct 179 in Mandacpan Elementary School in Barangay San Vicente is not functioning. When asked what to do with it, he said two contingency PCOS machines were sent but unfortunately, both also did not function.

To address the problem, he called one of the technicians of SMARTMATIC and later this evening, it was agreed that another PCOS machine will be flown in tomorrow here.

"PCOS machine in the voting precinct in Mandacpan Elementary School is malfunctioning. After I called one of SMARTMATIC's technicians, we agreed that a replacement of the machine will arrive tomorrow from an early flight in Manila," Saco said.

As to the supplies needed for the election day tomorrow (Monday), he said, secrecy folders have just arrived this afternoon because of the delayed flight of the Philippine Air Lines.

In terms of security, Saco revealed that when PCOS machines were delivered in the previous days, Comelec personnel reported that some unidentified men allegedly trying to flagged them down but accordingly, it is still manageable.

In general, Saco said, Butuan City Comelec is all set and ready for tomorrow's first-ever poll automated national and local elections. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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