No gensets for precinct use –Comelec

March 19, 2010 10:10 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, March 19 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to utilize almost 2,000 generator sets in anticipation of a power deficiency during the conduct of the May 10, 2010 polls.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said the generator sets would be allocated to the different canvassing centers nationwide.

“Our canvassing centers are around 1,631 but we have more than 1,700 generator sets,” he said.

Jimenez said the generator sets will only be limited to the canvassing centers and its not needed in the precinct level.

“At this point, I cannot say that we have gensets for the precincts nor can I accept that they are absolutely essential at the precinct level,” he said.

He said that the generators were not needed in the precinct since the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines would run on their own since they had independent power sources.

The PCOS machines are equipped with a battery that could last up to 16 hours.

He said that flashlights would be included in the kit, to be given to the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) during Election Day.

“If it’s dark part of the kit of the BEIs is emergency lighting. We have flashlights for our BEIs, watchers…” Jimenez said. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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