Palace urges public to support Comelec poll automation

January 29, 2010 11:14 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 29 — Malacanang brushed off fears on Friday that the computers and peripherals purchased by the Commission on Election (Comelec) will not work, resulting in the failure of the May 2010 elections.

In a media briefing, Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar said there is no reason to be alarmed over the reported failure of the subscriber identification module (SIM) to send signal to the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines during a field test conducted by the Comelec recently.

He said the government is confident that the Comelec information technology experts can address the problem at the soonest possible time.

Nonetheless, he called on IT experts in the private sector to help the Comelec iron out the kinks.

“Let’s help them solve the problem,” Olivar said, adding the agency is to be praised for opening the test to the public.

Meanwhile, Olivar said the Palace is happy over the poll body’s dismissal of the last disqualification case filed by the opposition against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

He expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would sustain the Comelec if the case went up that far.

In a promulgation Thursday, the Comelec second division ruled that there is no constitutional provision barring President Arroyo from running in the May polls. (PNA)

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